Atul Gupta says Home Affairs records show no legal reasons for passport denial

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Atul Gupta at the Randburg Magistrate's Court in 2011.
Atul Gupta at the Randburg Magistrate's Court in 2011.
PHOTO: Puxley Makgatho, Gallo Images/The Times

The Department of Home Affairs has filed the record of its decision to refuse to issue one of the Gupta brothers with a South African passport.

But in papers filed in the Gauteng High Court, which News24 has seen, Atul Gupta's lawyer, Rudi Krause, said the record revealed that the decision "was taken in bad faith".

In his supplementary affidavit, Krause said the passport was denied without any legal justification and on the "unlawful say-so" of Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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