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Aamby Valley: Bombay HC liquidator starts auction process

An earlier attempt to auction the property had failed as no bidder had come forward to bid for it

Raghavendra Kamath  |  Mumbai 

Aamby Valley auction

The process to sell the group’s began on Friday with the official liquidator of the (HC) inviting bids for the property. 

Last week, the (SC) asked the official liquidator of the Bombay HC to take over and manage It said the must begin on December 1 (Friday) and has to be completed within eight weeks.

The HC liquidator came out with newspaper advertisements on the sale on Friday.

An earlier attempt to the property had failed, as no bidder had come forward to bid for it. In fact, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) told the that chief Subrata Roy and other directors of the company tried to obstruct the sale.

The properties for sale comprise the 6,761.64-acre township named ‘City Development’ in Lonavala in Pune district of Maharashtra and includes 1,409 acres surrounding the township and 321 acres in neighbouring Satara district. 

The group has been embroiled in a prolonged legal battle with the Sebi over a case involving a Rs 24,000-crore refund to investors. 

On February 6, the ordered authorities to attach to recover dues from The property is worth more than Rs 39,000 crore.

The court extended Roy’s parole after the company deposited Rs 600 crore with the Sebi. acknowledged it owed Rs 14,000 crore as principal money to the Sebi, but the top court denied its offer to clear the dues by July 2019.

On August 9, Sahara’s counsel Kapil Sibal requested the to stay the auction, saying the company would pay dues worth Rs 1,500 crore. The court, however, said it did not believe would pay up, and that it would pass an “appropriate order” if the amount was paid by September 7.


First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 00:40 IST
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