State won't prosecute Gupta

2010-09-27 15:02

Johannesburg - The State has declined to prosecute businessman Atul Gupta who was arrested at the weekend, allegedly for refusing to be searched by the police, his spokesperson said on Monday.
"The docket went to the senior prosecutor this morning (Monday) and after looking at the docket, the senior prosecutor could find no case and no basis for arrest and declined to prosecute," said Gupta's spokesperson Gary Naidoo.
The police could not immediately confirm this.
Colonel Noxolo Kweza earlier on Monday said Gupta, the publisher of the new daily newspaper, The New Age, was due to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.
"He was stopped somewhere in Sandton and police wanted to search him and he refused," said Kweza.
"He was then taken to the police station and he was released on a warning."
But Naidoo denied that Gupta resisted the search when his vehicle was stopped by the police on the R55 north of Johannesburg on Saturday evening.
"Mr Gupta's driver stopped when asked to stop. The driver was searched, Mr Gupta was searched and they did not resist," said Naidoo.
"The policemen took a very aggressive stance and harassed Mr Gupta."
Naidoo said Gupta at no stage threatened to call national police chief Bheki Cele as was reported in the media.
"Mr Gupta made no calls to anyone apart from 10111 to verify that these were policemen...
"He does not even know General Cele. He has not met him and neither has he ever spoken to him."
Naidoo said Gupta was "shoved into a police vehicle" and "driven to the police station in a police van".
He said the policemen asked him "if he was Indian and told him that he should go back to his country, India".
"The sort of trauma he encountered will take a while to heal," said Naidoo.
Gupta was taking advice from his lawyers on whether he should take any action against the police.
Gupta is said to be a close friend of African National Congress leader President Jacob Zuma and also funds The Thinker magazine, edited by former minister in the presidency, Essop Pahad.
His new paper, The New Age, is due to launch next month.
Gupta's brother, Rajesh, and Zuma's son, Duduzane Zuma, are business partners who own shares in steel company ArcelorMittal.
The Sowetan reported that Duduzane Zuma went to the police station after Gupta was arrested.

  • Dylan - 2010-09-27 15:06

    Wow - I guess the ANC must be glad now they atleast have a corrupt news paper to make them look less corrupt

  • nadia69 - 2010-09-27 15:06

    All are equal before the law - some just a little more equal than others.

  • shaun - 2010-09-27 15:30

    This is rubbish, i pay my tax aqnd I want this cretin to go before a judge just like everyone else, I cant believe we actually allow this to happen

  • Me - 2010-09-27 15:39

    I'd rather be connected to the ANC than our oppressors. Name us as you like(corrupt, inconpetent, wara wara) ANC my future and guess what yours too.

  • JC - 2010-09-27 15:44

    Somehow I think if that was me or Joe taxpayer, we would still be sitting in jail, and definitely be getting prosecuted. These corrupt politicians with their crooked friends, stealing their Billions from the taxpayer.

  • Shaun - 2010-09-27 15:46

    This is rubbish, i pay my tax and want him to stand before a judge like anyone else would have 2. Cant say I expected any less from this bunch

  • jAY SAY - 2010-09-27 15:58

    @shaun. What exactly do you mean by cretin? Do you really want to waste the courts time on this matter. Is murder, rape and robbery second to this ?

  • SRS - 2010-09-27 16:01

    And another friend of the ANC gets away... They must really be laughing at the rest of us poor, pathetic fools who are actually law abiding and who pray for justice to be served. Atul, Shabir and JZ are probably going to get together for drinks later to celebrate pulling another one over our 'naive' eyes!

  • Richard Band - 2010-09-27 16:03

    Judging by the comments - stereotypical South African prejudice. Not sure why because there are worse things out there - think drunk drivers bribing policemen, murders escaping from court holding cells and poachers killng rhinos. Gutter racism is alive and kicking!

  • george - 2010-09-27 16:05

    What di you expect....this is one of JZ's buddies.

  • andre - 2010-09-27 16:08

    Only a matter of time Mr Gupta?

  • mengisto - 2010-09-27 16:20

    @Naidoo, were you at the scene when you say he was shoved in to the police van and driven to the police station. Obviously he won't be prosecuted because he is the president's friend and both their sons are business partners. Talk of double standards.

  • Balasti - 2010-09-27 16:25

    well according to the bill of rights he has the right to reuse being searched (chapter 2:14 privacy) however what transpired at thee time of the incident is hazy and needs to be investigated. Agree with shaun he has to answer before a judge.

  • roland - 2010-09-27 16:28

    Did anyone expect anything different? This is the new SA where anyone with "connections" is untouchable! Watch this space - the cop will be suspended or dismissed!

  • Ironic - 2010-09-27 16:54

    I bet you are the same people who will bitch and moan about the cops when it's an ordinary citizen that's been arrested.

  • Dr F - 2010-09-27 18:34

    A publicity stunt to help the launch of his newspaper

  • Jannie Stap - 2010-09-28 07:56

    @Me.What oppressors?

  • M - 2010-09-28 08:20

    what happened to our constitutional rights....i believe that this article takes way the issue at hand... Police Brutality... What does the alliance that he has with the ANC have to do with what happened to him?

  • mashilo - 2010-09-28 08:34

    Come on guys, from what i hear it looks like someone is trying to fool someone. Ok lets say he was stopped by the police & they decided to search him. The question is who is pardoned from being stopped by the law enforcers in RSA? Why did the police deem it feet to search hih? What were the basis of the police action given the circumstances that prevailed on that moment? Make your own deductions and come with answers.

  • Ken - 2010-09-28 09:04

    Once again we are told of thugs acting like cops. It's high time that the thuggery and criminal element is taken out...of the police force (service) or all cops just the same, just a bunch of common thugs - with a uniform and immunity to prosecution! Put them in jail, with the sluts that pay their bribes.

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