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Four members of an Indian-origin billionaire family jailed for spending more on dogs than servants

Pratik Mehta

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The Swiss court has given a big verdict against Britain’s richest Hinduja family. The court has sentenced Indian-origin industrialist Prakash Hinduja and three other members of his family to four and a half years in prison. They are accused of misbehaving with domestic servants. Considering these charges very serious, the court sentenced them. However, the court rejected the charge of trafficking of servants against them.

Industrialist Prakash Hinduja, his wife Kamal, son Ajay and daughter-in-law Namrata were accused of trafficking servants. The Hinduja family owns a lakeside villa in the city of Geneva. They employed an Indian woman in their villa. She was paid a very low salary. Not only this, they also confiscated her passport to prevent her from going anywhere else. The family made her work for 18 hours continuously. They paid the woman only 7 Swiss francs (about 6.19 pounds).

The woman lodged a police complaint against the atrocities of the Hinduja family. In this, the family spends more money on their dogs than on the salaries of the servants. The woman claimed to spend 8,584 francs (£7,616) per year on her pet dog.

When the case went to court, the court found the Hindujas guilty of exploiting the workers and providing ‘unauthorised’ employment. The family was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for confiscating the passports of their employees, paying them in rupees instead of Swiss francs, preventing them from leaving the villa, and forcing them to work long hours in Switzerland.

Exploitation of servants, human trafficking and violation of Swiss labor laws are considered serious crimes in Switzerland. Last week, Hinduja reached an undisclosed settlement with the prosecution. However, this settlement was not successful. Hence, the court gave justice to the plaintiff by giving its verdict. In the same case, the court has also convicted industrialist Hinduja’s manager. The court sentenced the manager to 18 months in prison.

Pratik Mehta

Pratik Mehta

I am Pratik Mehta, a passionate business news writer dedicated to covering economic trends, market analysis, and corporate developments.

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