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SC orders attachment of Amrapali's 5-star hotel, malls, cinema hall, factories

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Continuing its crackdown on the embattled Group, the on Wednesday ordered attachment and sale of the realty firm's five-star hotel, cinema hall, malls and factories across India, calling it "a worst kind of cheater" and "a perfect liar" for not complying with the court's direction.

The top court also ordered attachment of four swanky corporate offices of Group situated in Noida and Greater Noida, and asked the (DRT), to auction them.

The top court gave a window to the firm's directors and their family members to return home-buyers' money, if they have it, by December 10.

It asked the firm to explain by next week the diversion of around Rs 3,000 crore of home-buyers money for other purposes.

A bench of Justices and U U Lalit issued notice to the Group CMD and its directors, Chief Financial officer and Anil Mittal, asking them why a criminal case for breach of trust should not be lodged against them.

"You (Amrapali Group) are a worst kind of cheater in the world. You have cheated the all along and now you want to sell the facilities created for them. The facility area created for the is not a charity you have done to them," the bench said after it was told that the firm wants to sell a nursery school, an open space and a nursing home to raise funds.

It gave 24-hours to the to hand over the raw data files of the business transactions of the company including the vouchers, receipt and the required authorisation for the period of 2015-18, to the appointed by the court.

The bench pulled up the firm for repeated non- compliance with the court's direction and not giving the data of business transactions for period of 2015-2018, to

"You are a perfect liar. You are a first degree liar. You have not given specific information what we have asked for in our earlier orders. We are not satisfied with your affidavit and you have only tried to manipulate the things. Despite our nine orders, you have not given specific information about business transactions for period 2015-18," the bench said.

It directed the DRT, to auction all the attached properties including the hotel, malls, corporate offices, movie hall, factories and lands across

Among the properties the court directed to be attached forthwith and auctioned by DRT include a five-star hotel Amrapali Tech Park at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh; a FMCG company called Amrapali Biotech and Mums situated in Rajgir and Buxar districts of Bihar; in Gaya of Bihar; at Muzaffarpur in Bihar; Amrapali Mall, Bareilly in UP; Hitech City movie hall at Meerut, UP; at Greater Noida and land in Purnia in and Bhubneshwar in Orissa, apart from a villa in

The court also ordered attachment of fleet of luxury cars which were bought by the company from the home-buyers' money.

The court while perusing the affidavit of pointed out that it has invested Rs 1,100 crore of home-buyers' money in purchasing the shares of a sister company.

"How can you do it. It was not promoters money, if they had put in the money with the company then it is understood. But how can the home-buyers' money is used to purchase the shares. Give us all the details, who authorised to purchase the shares," the bench said.

On being told that there were suspicion of 'benami' who have booked the flat at the paltry sum, the bench directed the appointed by the court to investigate the affairs of the company, to issue a notice owner of the flat and if no response is received then that property should be put on sale.

In a comprehensive affidavit placed before the apex court has admitted diversion of Rs 2,996 crore to other group companies.

On November 13, in a massive crackdown on for "wilful disobedience" of its orders, the apex court had attached the company's 100-bed multi-speciality hospital, bank accounts, the building which houses its office, certain firms and a "benami" Villa in

It had asked the to deposit Rs 11.69 crore with its registry within three weeks. It also asked a to pay Rs 47 lakh.

It restrained the realty firm from alienating its companies through which it had transactions and ordered attachment of such firms.

The top court has also restrained Amrapali Group from creating any third party rights for 86 luxury cars and SUVs purchased from the company's funds.

The apex court had earlier warned the Amrapali Group for its repeated non-compliance and "hood-winking" of the court's order saying that "writing is very clear on the wall",

It had also initiated contempt proceedings against Sharma and its directors for prima facie violating court's order and thwarting the course of justice.

The court is seized of a batch of petitions filed by home buyers who are seeking possession of around 42,000 flats booked in projects of the Amrapali Group.

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

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:00 IST