Indian ANN7 staffers allegedly had work permits fast-tracked by Gupta associates

The leaked Gupta e-mails from investigative units amaBhungane and Scorpio have revealed a series of dubious transactions involving Gupta associates.

Emails reveal how immigration officials at SA's High Commission in New Delhi allegedly helped fast-track work permits for Indian employees at Gupta-owned TV broadcaster ANN7.

The Gupta leaks have also exposed how former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba allegedly approved the transfer of two immigration officials to SA’s mission in Delhi.

Read: #GuptaLeaks - More emails should lead to high profile arrests

EWN's Barry Bateman says the e-mail evidence confirms claims initially made by former ANN7 consulting editor Rajesh Sundaram in 2013.

Sundaram alleged that immigration protocols were flouted by seven of ANN7's Indian employees, who entered the country on visitors' visas.

Sundaram had mentioned the name of a go-to individual that fast-tracked permits at the High Commission, a name which has now resurfaced in the leaked emails.

There are actual e-mails between Gupta associates in South Africa to this person at the High Commission, around about 2013.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Rajesh Sundaram confirmed to me saying they didn't have to provide any of the supporting documentation needed to obtain a work permit. They just reported to a specific person at the High Commission.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Read from 2013: More evidence in ANN7 visa probe

Bateman has made contact with Director-General of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, for comment.

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