Ashish Lata Ramgobin, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, has been sentenced to seven years in jail by a South African court docket in a 6-million-rand dishonest case.
Ms Ramgobin, 56, was pronounced responsible of defrauding industrialist SR Maharaj, who had paid 62 lakh rands (round Rs 3.3 crore) to her to clear the customized and import duties of a consignment from India that by no means arrived, information company PTI’s language service, Bhasha, reported. He had been promised a reduce in revenue for extending the mortgage.
Ms Ramgobin is the daughter of activists Ela Gandhi and late Mewa Ramgobind.
In 2015, through the trial, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority had mentioned Ms Ramgobin had cast faux receipts and paperwork to show that the containers carrying linen had been arriving in South Africa from India.
The court docket had granted her bail on a 50,000-rand surety.
Mr Maharaj’s firm, New Africa Alliance Footwear, offers with the export, manufacturing and sale of garments, linen and sneakers. It additionally offers monetary assist to corporations.
On Monday, the court docket was knowledgeable that Ms Ramgobin had met Mr Maharaj in August 2015 and had advised him that she had ordered three linen containers from India for the South African hospital group, Netcare. She had entered a contract with Mr Maharaj, promising a share in revenue.
Mr Maharaj later filed a police criticism after he got here to know that the cargo was not arriving in South Africa.