Sahara-Sebi row : Apex Court pulls up Roy and others

Sahara-Sebi row : Apex Court pulls up Roy and others
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Granted one week to Roy, two of his companies to file response New Delhi (PTI): The Sahara group and its...

Granted one week to Roy, two of his companies to file response

roy2New Delhi (PTI): The Sahara group and its promoter Subrata Roy on Monday faced a tough time in the Supreme Court which pulled them up for not refunding `24,000 crore to its investors and accused them of 'manipulating courts' by approaching different forums for relief.

A bench comprising by Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar slammed the group and its chief for not filing response on SEBI's contempt plea against them and also issued notice to them on the market regulator's plea to detain Roy and the two male directors - Ashok Roy Choudhary and Ravi Shankar Dubey - to get investors' money back from them.

The bench, which at one time asked Roy's counsel to make statement that he will not leave the country or it will pass directions, however refrained from doing so and granted one week time to him and his two companies to file their response. The bench also expressed its anguish when the SEBI informed that Sahara India has filed a petition in Allahabad High Court after the apex court had passed the order for attaching the properties of the group's two companies if they failed to deposit `24,000 crore with the market regulator.

"You are manipulating courts which is going on," the bench said when Sahara's counsel submitted that SEBI is attaching Roy's personal property despite he being not a party in the case in which apex court had passed the verdict on refunding `24,000 crore.

"We are not interested in parties. If you have done this (moving HC) then it is a contempt of this court. Even approaching SEBI is contempt. It is very strange that you seek extention of time from SEBI after Supreme Court's order and you file appeal after appeal," the bench said, adding "You must remedy your mistakes instead of repeating the mistakes."

Senior Advocate Arvind Dattar, appearing for SEBI, however, contended that Roy was very much part of the order passed by the apex court which had also indicted Sahara India in its order on August 31, 2012.

He submitted that Sahara group and its two companies-- Sahara India Real Estate Corporation (SIREC) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation (SHIC)-- have not followed the provision of Companies Act and details of investors given by them is vague.A The bench then said SEBI was open to deposit money of untraced investors of Sahara with Centre and that its August 31 order was clear that it was not for the market regulator to verify the addresses of untraced investors.

"If they (Sahara) don't give the documents relating to investors then you (SEBI) can keep the money which will go to the government. They will have to give you the genuine information. You don't have to search for documents," the bench told SEBI's counsel. SEBI urged the court to allow it to take measures for arrest and detention in civil prison of Subrata Roy, Ashok Roy Choudhary and Ravi Shankar Dubey after giving reasonable opportunity of hearing. SEBI also sought direction that their passports be deposited with the Supreme court.

Sahara group and SEBI are locked in legal dispute over the refunding of 24,000 crore by its two companies--SIREC and SHIC--to over three crore investors. Earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed its plea for more time to refund the amount.

SEBI shelves Sahara Prime IPO

Mumbai (PTI): Over three-and-a-half years after receiving draft papers for the proposed IPO of Sahara Prime City Ltd, Sebi has formally closed this file as the company failed to submit clarifications sought by the market regulator.

Sebi closed file on the `3,450-crore IPO proposal last week without any go-ahead for public issue, after various clarifications sought from merchant bankers for the share sale remained pending for months together.

Sebi had received the draft prospectus for the Initial Public Offer (IPO) on September 30, 2009 through merchant banker, Enam Securities Private Limited.A In its weekly update on status of IPO proposals, SEBI on Monday said "File (has been) closed" on Sahara Prime City offer. Till last week's status update, Sebi was 'awaiting clarifications'.

It was after the receipt of the Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) for Sahara Prime City's IPO that Sebi started receiving numerous complaints against Sahara group and the subsequent investigations led to the high-profile order from the regulator against two Sahara firms.

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