The Supreme Court on Monday rapped Sahara group for not refunding Rs 27,000 crore to investors who had put their money into its two companies.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir has asked Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd (SHICL) to tell on Tuesday whether they would be able to refund the entire amount to their investors within a week or not.
Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for one of the companies, tried to justify its failure to refund the entire amount, but the bench strongly rebutted him saying, "You are justifying your conduct, which is not justifiable".
Justice Kabir, who is known for his cool demeanour, had some harsh words for the companies for not implementing the apex court's order and said the firms' plea does not merit any hearing.
"Your intention is very shaky. Your every step is shaky, we can't interpret our order according to your need," the bench said.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) also opposed Sahara's petition and submitted that it has already filed a contempt petition against them and said that a strong action should be taken against them.
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The bench, however, said it is more concerned about the common man, who has invested his money in the companies.
"If you want me to send them to jail, we would send them, but we are more concerned about the investment made by the common man," the bench observed.
During the argument, Justice Kabir lost his cool when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for another Sahara firm, stood up to argue the case.
"This is not the way. Even when your side is losing, you do not have the right to jump in," Justice Kabir said asking Rohatgi to sit down.
More details awaited