Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter Ashish Lata Ramgobin who was known for her community work was sentenced to prison by a South African Court for her role in a six million rand fraud and forgery case. 56-year-old Ashish lata Ramgobin was accused of deceiving businessman SR Maharaj after he advanced 6.2 million rands to her for allegedly clearing import and Customs duties for a non-existent consignment from India. He was promised a share of profits.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) indicated that in 2015 when the trial against Ramgobin began she allegedly presented false invoices and documentation to convince potential investors that three containers of linen were being carried in from India.
NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara on Monday said, "She said she was experiencing financial difficulties to pay for import costs and customs and she needed the money to clear the goods at the harbour,” She further added, "She advised him (Maharaj) that she needed 6.2 million rands. To convince him, she showed him what she claimed was a signed purchase order for the goods. Later that month, she sent him what seemed to be a NetCare invoice and delivery note as proof that the goods were delivered and payment was imminent,"
Kara later concluded that Lata Ramgobin “further sent him confirmation from NetCare’s bank account that payment had been made”.
Maharaj later confessed that he entered into a written agreement with Ramgobin because of her family credentials and NetCare documents. Later when Maharaj found out that the documents were forged, he laid criminal charges on her.
Ashish Lata Ramgobin is the daughter of renowned human rights activists Ela Gandhi and late Mewa Ramgobin.