SC sends back Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail

New Delhi, Sep 23: The Supreme Court on Friday gave Sahara chief Subrata Roy time till September 30 to surrender. The court had earlier on Friday morning recalled its interim order granting him parole.

Sahara chief then offered unconditional apology and pleaded the court to reconsider the parole cancellation. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur said that they will hear  the application moved by Sahara on September 28.

Early Friday, SC had cancelled the parole of Roy and two other directors and directed to take them into custody. The order came after the market regulator SEBI's counsel Pratap Venugopal told the bench that all the properties given by Sahara to the market regulator were already under attachment by Income Tax authorities. Apparently annoyed over this, the Chief Justice immediately ordered the cancellation of parole and directed Roy and the two other directors to be taken into custody and they will remain so till October 3 when the matter will again be taken up for hearing.

Sahara group chief then offered an unconditional apology before the Supreme Court seeking recall of its earlier order cancelling his parole and directing him to be taken into custody. Appearing for Roy, senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the bench headed by Chief Justice, "I apologise, offer unconditional apology, it will never happen again, I assure you...."

As Sibal offered the apology, CJI Thakur said: "We don't enjoy such things but there has to be a limit".

(Agencies)