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Subrata Roy's hope of getting bail dashed again

Last updated on: May 06, 2014 14:39 IST

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Coming down heavily on the Sahara Group for  "systematically" frustrating all orders on refund of over Rs 20,000 crore (Rs 200 billion) to depositors, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition of its chief Subrata Roy against his detention saying the order jailing him was "legal".

Upholding its order to detain him, the court asked the Group to make a fresh proposal for depositing Rs 10,000 crore to get bail.

A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar in a strongly-worded judgement deprecated the attitude of Roy and the Group for not complying with its order and for showing "demeanour of defiance".

The apex court said it adopted tough method to detain him only after all its efforts to "cajole" the Group to pay the money failed.

The judgement, which was delivered by Justice Khehar, said their orders were "systematically frustrated" by Roy and the Group and facts revealed that it flouted all orders of the Supreme Court, High Court and Securities Appellate Tribunal.

The bench brushed aside Roy's contention that it should recuse itself from hearing his case and that proper procedure was not followed by it before sending 65-year-old businessman behind the bars. 

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Image: Sahara chief Subrata Roy.
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The apex court said the arguments are devoid of any merits and it "immaculately" followed procedure before ordering his arrest.

"It was not possible for us to accept that the procedure under law was not followed while passing the (arrest) order," the bench said.

It said judicial orders cannot be allowed to be "circumvented" and disobedience of its orders strike at the very root of rule of law.

The bench also refused to give credence to Roy's plea that it had already refunded the money to investors, saying there was no credible record to prove it.

The bench said that various orders passed by it in the case since August 31, 2012, have been "skirted" by the Group.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by Roy challenging constitutional validity of its order passed on March 4 by which he was sent to jail for not complying with its order to deposit around Rs 20,000 crore of investors money with SEBI. "We find no merit in the petition and we dismiss it," the bench said.

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After the bench delivered the verdict in a jam-packed courtroom, senior advocate Rajiv Dhawan queried on the status of the application in which Roy had given a proposal on depositing Rs 10,000 crore in a phased manner to get bail.

The bench, however, asked him to file a fresh proposal, virtually indicating that earlier proposal was not acceptable to the court.

The bench had reserved its order on April 21 on Roy's petition challenging its decision to send him to jail for not complying with its order to deposit over Rs 20,000 crore of investors' money with SEBI.

The apex court had earlier imposed a condition that Roy, who is in jail since March 4, will be freed on bail only if he pays Rs 10,000 crore out of which Rs 5,000 crore has to be in bank guarantee and rest Rs 5,000 crore in cash.

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Roy and the other two directors of the Group have been in in jail for two months for not abiding by the apex court's order for depositing investors' money with SEBI.

The Group has yesterday placed details of property owned by it before the court.

The Sahara Group has submitted that Roy be released forthwith to facilitate negotiations with people for the purpose of raising money to comply with the court's order. It also pleaded that its bank accounts frozen by the court on November 21 last year be defreezed.

Roy had earlier submitted that the apex court's order detaining him for not depositing the investors' money was illegal and unconstitutional and sought its quashing.


Photographs: Courtesy, Sahara Group

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