New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday extended till August 3 the parole granted to Sahara chief Subrata Roy on humantarian grounds following the death of his mother, with a strict condition that he will have to deposit the balance of Rs 300 crore, out of the Rs 500 crore promised by him. Court also told Roy that parole was given on humanitarian grounds and it should not be misused. It warned Roy 'either pay or go back to jail'.
As per media reports, Roy had requested the top court to indefinitely extend the parole granted to him on May 6, after spending over two years in Tihar jail. The top court had granted parole for four weeks to attend rituals following the death Roy's mother.
The top court also approved Sahara's interest in the sale of its three overseas hotels- Grosvenor House Hotel (London), Plaza Hotel (New York) and Dream Downtown Hotel (New York) to Qatar Investment Authority (QIA)”, which is Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. The Sahara group on Friday had sought the Supreme Court’s nod for sale of the properties to Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for $1.6 billion.
The company claims that freezing the group’s bank accounts by the top court has crippled the group's business interests. Subrata Roy faced imprisonment on March 4, 2014, when Sahara group failed to refund thousands of crores to investors in a bond programme which was termed illegal. The SC had set bail amount of Rs 10,000 crore, which the group was finding it tough to cough up.
“In compliance of the May 11 order, the applicants are depositing Rs 200 crore, despite Sebi’s non-cooperation, which establishes their bona fide. In addition, efforts are being made to further arrange approximately Rs 300 crore in respect of which directions are being sought from the court,” the application filed by Roy on Friday read.