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SC extends Subrata Roy's interim bail, asks him to pay Rs 600 cr by Feb 2017

During the hearing, Roy's counsel proposed to pay Rs 11, 000 crore within a period of two-and-a- half years

ANI  |  New Delhi 

The Sahara group chairman Subrata Roy (C) is escorted by police to a court
The Sahara group chairman Subrata Roy (C) is escorted by police to a court

In a major relief to chief Subrata Roy, the on Monday extended his interim bail and ordered him to pay Rs 600 crore to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) by February 6, 2017.

During the hearing, Roy's counsel Kapil Sibal proposed to the three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur, to pay Rs 11,000 crore within a period of two-and-a- half years.

"You have property worth Rs 1 lakh 87000 crore money of property, but still you were unable to pay," the bench said.

In October, the had extended his till November 28 taking note of the deposit of Rs 200 crores made by him with SEBI as a condition precedent for his release.

Roy was in Tihar jail since March 4, 2014, till his mother's death on May 6, 2016, for not complying with the apex court's orders in connection with a long dispute with the market regulator.

The SEBI alleged that Roy allegedly failed to comply with 2012 apex court order directing him to return investors, more than Rs 20,000 crore with 15% interest that his two companies India Real Estate Corp Ltd and the Housing Finance Corp Ltd had raised through optionally fully convertible debentures (OFCD) in 2007 and 2008.

On May 6, 2016, the apex court had granted four weeks' custody to Roy to perform his mother's (Chabbi Roy) last rites.

Roy's mother Chhabi Roy, 95, passed away in Lucknow on May 6 this year after a prolonged illness for over three years.

Sahara, once one of India's most high-profile firms, had in the past made several failed attempts to raise the bail money using its prized overseas hotels that include the Plaza in New York and Grosvenor House in London.

Sahara says it has paid more than 80 per cent of the dues to shareholders, but the market regulator, SEBI, disputes that and said the Saharas have not paid more than Rs 10,000 crores.

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 16:35 IST