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Supreme Court turns down Subrata Roy’s bail plea

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked Sahara Group to come out with a “logical” and “acceptable” proposal on paying `10,000 crore for getting its chief Subrata Roy out of jail while refusing to entertain his plea for being put under house arrest in Lucknow.

A new bench comprising justices T.S. Thakur and A.K. Sikri, constituted after J.S. Khehar recused himself from hearing the matter, said that stalemate won’t help anyone and asked the group to come out with a fresh proposal.

In the meantime, Sahara told the Supreme Court that it is willing to sell its properties including hotels located in London and New York.

“This stalemate would not help anyone. Come out with a proposal which is logical and acceptable to us,” the bench said.

Observing that the preliminary hearing has been “very productive”, the bench said the matter would be taken up next week and asked the group to prepare its proposal by then.

Senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan, appearing for the group, contended that Roy has been behind the bars for the last 75 days and pleaded that he should be taken out from jail and be put under house arrest in Lucknow. The bench, however, said that at present it is not going to pass any order.

Sixty-five-year-old Roy, who has been in jail since 4 March for non-refund of over `20,000 crore to depositors, was asked by the court to make a fresh proposal for paying `10,000 crore to get bail.

The court had passed the order on a petition filed by Roy challenging constitutional validity of its order passed on 4 March by which he was sent to jail for not complying with its order to deposit around `20,000 crore of investors money with Securities and Exchange Board of India.

The bench in a strongly-worded judgement had come down heavily on the group for “systematically” frustrating and flouting all its orders with impunity on refunding investors’ money. It had said Sahara “adopted a demeanour of defiance constituting a rebellious behaviour, not amenable to the rule of law” and justified its decision to send Roy along with two promoters of two Sahara companies to jail.

Sahara has filed a defamation case in a Patna court against Mint ’s editor and some reporters over the newspaper’s coverage of the company’s dispute with Sebi. Mint is contesting the case.

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