The data behind the story – the Guptas and the Bank of Baroda
In the course of investigating the role of the Bank of Baroda in South Africa’s Gupta scandal, OCCRP received a large volume of data on transactions through the Indian bank, as well as internal documents concerning its South Africa branch.
Save for company-specific exceptions, the banking data largely covered five years of transactions (2012-2016) involving Baroda's Johannesburg branch --- one of two maintained in South Africa.
The data was manually investigated and then scraped to remove and control for inconsistency, replication and incomplete information. Transactions were split into inflow and outflow with a unique ID imprinted to each record ensuring that the source of every transaction could be traced back to the relevant bank statements.
Removed were shell company accounts only tenuously connected to the Guptas and their associated group. Also removed were certain pieces of data involving persons, companies, trusts and call accounts that OCCRP will be using for future investigations. Companies and persons relevant to our article have been made available for the public interest.
These data can be found in graphs below, which were created by Julia Renouprez. All sums of money are given in South African Rand (ZAR).