Mahatma Gandhi’s Great Granddaughter 7 Years In Prison

” In Satyagraha, there is no place for fraud or falsehood or any kind of untruth. Fraud and untruth today are stalking the world. I cannot be a helpless witness to such a situation” said the Great Mahatma Gandhi who freed India from her shackles. 

79 years after the Quit India Movement and this quote from Mahatma Gandhi, his great-granddaughter was arrested for fraud and forgery.  Ashish Lata Ramgobin, great-granddaughter to Mahatma Gandhi was accused by businessman SR Maharaj of taking 6.2 million in the name of clearing imports and customs for a non-existent consignment. The  Durban court of South Africa investigated the accusations. 

Lata Ramgobin approached the businessman claiming that she had imported linen in three containers from India for the NetCare group in South Africa.  She further, told Mr. Maharaj that she was facing financial problems and needed to loan the amount to clear the items from customs. The quoted amount was 6.2 million. Mr. Maharaj loaned her the money and agreed. 

After the money was provided, Lata Ramgobin sent bank documentation and arrival notices forged on Netcare paperwork to the businessman. However, Mr. SR Maharaj began to find cracks in her paperwork and investigated the concern only to realize it was a forgery. The businessman then moved to take legal action against Lata Ramgobin. Lata Ramgobin

The trial against Lata Ramgobin began in 2015 and she was released on bail. However, the court moved to pass its verdict as guilty. Lata Ramgobin who claimed to be an environmental activist and whose family credentials offered her the opportunity to siphon off money was sentenced to 7 years in jail. 

This came as a shock to many, as she comes from a long line of activists including her mother Ela Gandhi who has won national honors for her selfless work both in South Africa and India. 

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