Johannesburg: A great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to seven years in prison by a South African court for a six million rand fraud and forgery case. Ashish Lata Ramgobin (56) was found guilty by the Durban Court on Monday. Ramgobin is the daughter of noted rights activist Ela Gandhi and the late Mewa Ramgobind.
Lata allegedly defrauded a businessman named SR Maharaj. The businessman had advanced her R6.2 million for reportedly clearing Customs duties for a non-existent consignment from India. Maharaj was promised a share of the profits. The Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court even refused Lata leave to appeal her conviction and the sentence announced by the court.
The trial of the case had started way back in 2015. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had then said that Lata had allegedly produced fake invoices and documents to defraud investors. She had allegedly convinced them that three containers of linen were being imported from India.