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Sahara chief Subrata Roy pays Rs 1.23 crore for special services in Tihar jail

Roy, who has been in the jail since March 4, 2014, was however moved to an ordinary cell from November 12 this year as per the court order.

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: December 8, 2015  | 14:04 IST
Sahara chief Subrata Roy
Sahara chief Subrata Roy (Photo: Reuters)

Sahara chief Subrata Roy paid up a whopping Rs 1.23 crore to avail special facilities in the Tihar jail for the past one year, according to a report in The Times of India. The amount reportedly is enough to support 200 jail inmates in Tihar for a whole year.

Roy, who has been in the jail since March 4, 2014, was however moved to an ordinary cell from November 12 this year as per the court order.

The Sahara chief along with two of the company directors - Ashok Roy Choudhary and Ravi Shankar Dubey - was jailed for failing to refund an amount of over Rs 20,000 crore. The court asked him to pay Rs 10,000 crore to get bail - Rs 5,000 crore in cash and the remaining in bank guarantee.

The Supreme Court allowed Roy to carry out negotiations to sell-off his luxury hotels in New York and London to raise the bail amount. Roy was thus moved to a special air-conditioned unit, which had WiFi and video-conferencing facilities, and was provided with two laptops, two desktops, cell-phone and landline phones. Sahara will be directly paying to the service providers for these special services in the jail, the report said. Roy's staff was allowed to be present in the special unit from 6 am to 8 pm, according to the report. All the meetings were recorded by CCTV cameras.

Tihar jail authorities received Rs 1.23 crore from Sahara Group for using the conference room to carry out the negotiations. The charges included payment for security, electricity, maintenance, rent, food and water, etc. However, outstanding dues of Rs 6.75 lakh are pending, the report said.

 

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