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NBW against Subrata Roy cancelled after he appears in court

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A today cancelled its non-bailable arrest warrants against Sahara chief Subrata Roy and three of his group firms' directors after they appeared before it in a case filed by the against them.

The special cancelled the NBWs against them after they furnished fresh bail bonds of Rs two lakh each and gave undertakings to the that they would attend its trial proceeding against them regularly.


The further decided to frame charges in the case against Roy and his three group firms' directors - Ravishankar Dubey, Ashok Roy Choudhary and Vandana Bhargava on May 18.

The Securities and Exchange Board of had filed a case against Sahara Real Estate Corporation, Sahara Housing Investment, their promoter Subrata Roy and the three directors in 2012, alleging that these companies had collected a huge amount of money from investors without listing the securities on the stock exchanges.

As Roy and others had not appear before the earlier, non-bailable warrants were issued against them on March 31 this year. The accused had challenged the issuance of NBWs against them in the which asked them to approach the trial before May 3 for relief.

According to the SEBI, the Sahara Group companies issued 'Optional Fully Convertible Debentures' for public in 2009 under the garb of private placement. This violated the Act because companies have to list such securities on the stock exchanges which they did not do.

Although the complaint did not specify the amount collected from investors, it is estimated that it worked out to around Rs 24,000 crore, said lawyer Omprakash Jha who appeared along with advocate Purnima Advani today.

The maximum punishment for the offence is ten years' jail term and fine of Rs 25 crore, Jha said.

The Supreme had recently asked Roy, who has been released on parole, to appear before it on April 28 and had also ordered the Bombay High Court's official liquidator to auction Sahara property Amby Valley.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 19:22 IST
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