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Sebi-Sahara case: Supreme Court issues non-bailable warrant against Subrata Roy

Sebi-Sahara case: Supreme Court issues non-bailable warrant against Subrata Roy

The Sahara Group chief failed to appear in court in connection with a case related to the non-refund of money to investors. The apex court bench has now directed Roy to appear before it on March 4.

Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy failed to appear in court on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. FILE PHOTO: Reuters Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy failed to appear in court on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. FILE PHOTO: Reuters

The Supreme Court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Sahara group chief Subrata Roy for failing to appear before it in person as directed at the court's last hearing.

Roy was also given till March 4 to comply with the court's order.

An apex court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice JS Khehar, while noting that a plea was made Tuesday seeking exemption from personal appearance, said this was reiterated on Wednesday but would not be accepted.

The case relates to the non-refund of money to investors.

The Supreme Court had on February 20 asked Roy and three directors of Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Limited (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Limited (SHICL) Ashok Roy Choudhary, Ravi Shankar Dubey and Vandana Barghava - to be present in the court February 26.

On Wednesday, as the court commenced, it enquired whether Subrata Roy and three other directors of two Sahara companies were present in court. The court was told that the directors of SIRECL and SHICL were present, but Roy could not come as he had to rush to Lucknow to see his ailing mother.

Apparently displeased, Justice KS Radhakrishnan said: "The arm of this court is very long. We will issue warrants. This is the Supreme Court of the land. When other directors are here, why cannot he be here?"

The court then issued the non-bailable warrant against Roy and directed him to be present in the court March 4.

Roy and the directors were asked to be present in person for the failure of the Sahara companies to deposit with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) securities worth Rs 19,000 crore as guarantee to return investors money that it had collected.

Sahara deposited Rs 5,120 crore with Sebi in December 2012.