Subrata Roy sent to police custody till March 4
Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy was taken to a Lucknow court from Sahara Sahar by Uttar Pradesh police on Friday evening
LUCKNOW: Amid high security, Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy was taken to a Lucknow court from Sahara Sahar by Uttar Pradesh police on Friday evening, several hours after he “surrendered” and was arrested at his home.
His convoy exited at about 5.15 p.m. from the rear gate to give a slip to the large number of mediapersons who had been camping there since morning.
There was heavy deployment of police force and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel at the main gate of the Sahara Sahar.
Mr. Roy is said to have been taken in a convoy of three to four vehicles will tinted windows to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Lucknow.
Mr. Roy was arrested in the morning after having evaded for two days a non-bailable warrant issued by the Supreme Court for his failure to appear before it in a case of non-refund of Rs. 20,000 crore to investors.
Earlier in the day, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani told a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan that Mr. Roy is in police custody in Lucknow and pleaded for recall of NBW issued on February 26, 2014.
He submitted that the special bench, which is hearing the case, should take up the application on Friday itself. But, his plea was turned down as the judge said it is not possible for the special bench to assemble today.
The day started with Mr. Roy issuing a signed two-page statement, claiming he was not absconding and was ready to“unconditionally follow” Supreme Court’s direction.
Minutes after his arrest in Lucknow, son Sumanta addressed a hurriedly called press conference in Delhi and said his father was cooperating with the authorities and he had wilfully submitted before the police.
There were initially conflicting reports with speculation that Mr. Roy could himself be present at the press meet in Delhi.
A team of Delhi police at the hotel venue added to the suspense. Another report said that he may still be in Lucknow.
Mr. Sumanta Roy also said that arrest would not impact the business of the group, which claims to have a networth of over Rs 68,000 crore with lakhs of employees.
Mr. Sumanta Roy said that Sahara chief had come to Delhi on February 24 to appear before the Supreme Court on February 26.
“He is very attached to his mother and had to go back to Lucknow due to her illness. He had only sought exemption only for a day from personal appearance before the Supreme Court.
But he was not granted a short relief,” he said.
“The condition of mother continues to remain fragile and he was hoping for a relief from Supreme Court,” he said while trying to explain the delay in his submission before police.