Guptas sue Sunday Times for R500m

2013-04-04 10:36
Atul Gupta. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Atul Gupta. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Johannesburg - The Gupta family has reportedly launched legal proceedings for defamation against the Sunday Times, after the newspaper published a story in March headlined "Guptas try to 'buy' SAA boss".

Bizcommunity reported on Thursday that the summons was issued through the North Gauteng High Court by Atul Gupta, the MD of Sahara Holdings and executive chairperson of TNA Holdings, which owns The New Age newspaper.

According to the lawsuit, the Gupta family feels the article was "wrongful and defamatory" and is seeking R500m in defamation damages from the editor and management of the Sunday Times.

The family is disputing claims in the article that they tried to bribe a senior SAA official; that they are "shady dealers" and known as a "corrupt family"; that they hosted meetings at their home in which bribes were offered; and that they wield so much power that they can summon Cabinet ministers and senior government officials to their home.

The Sunday Times has reportedly not yet received the summons.The editor of the Sunday Times was in a meeting discussing the issue, and was unavailable for comment when News24 contacted the newspaper.

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