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Sahara chief offers to pay Rs 300 cr as bank guarantee

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August 26, 2016 17:16 IST
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Subrata Roy's parole, granted on humanitarian grounds following his mother's death and was extended after he had deposited Rs 300.68 crore.


Sahara chief Subrata Roy on Friday offered in Supreme Court to pay an additional Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) to Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) but said the amount should be adjusted as bank guarantee.

A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur directed that the matter be listed next week after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Roy, mentioned the matter before it.

"I am ready to pay additional Rs 300 crore but this amount should be adjusted as a bank guarantee," Sibal told the bench that also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

On August 3, the Supreme Court had extended the parole of Roy till September 16 with a condition that he has to deposit Rs 300 crore with SEBI.

Roy's parole, granted on humanitarian grounds following the death of his mother, was extended after he had deposited Rs 300.68 crore, giving him the opportunity to raise the remaining amount to secure bail in the case.

The apex court had allowed the Sahara group to go ahead with sale and alienation of their properties to raise an amount of Rs 5,000 crore (Rs 50 billion) as a bank guarantee which they have to deposit in addition to Rs 5,000 crore to get bail for Roy.

For Roy's interim bail, the court had put conditions like depositing Rs 5,000 crore in cash and a bank guarantee of equal amount and tough terms, including payment of the entire Rs 36,000 crore (Rs 360 billion), which includes interest, to be paid back to the investors.

The Sahara chief had earlier told the court that by December, the group would be in a position to fulfill all the conditions and talks were going on with Canara Bank for Rs 1,500 crore bank gaurantee.

The apex court had passed an order on March 29 stating that SEBI would also not sell any property owned by the beleaguered group for a price less than 90 per cent of the circle rates for the area in question without the permission of the court.

While granting parole to Roy, the apex court had said they were free to meet prospective buyers of properties and move within the country under police escort.

The apex court had earlier asked SEBI to initiate the process of selling "unencumbered" properties of Sahara group, whose title deeds are with the market regulator, to generate the bail money for release of the group chief. 

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