Sahara makes fresh proposal in SC for refunding Rs 20000 cr

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The Sahara group today made a fresh proposal before the Supreme Court for depositing Rs 20,000 crore investors' money with SEBI to secure release of its chief Subrata Roy who has been behind the bars along with company's two directors since March 4 when they were sent to judicial custody.

In the proposal, the group assured the apex court to deposit Rs 2,500 crore within three working days and pay three instalments of Rs 3,500 cr each at the end of June, September, December and the remaining Rs 7,000 crore by March 31, 2015.

A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar, however, refused to take the proposal on record and asked the group to file the document in the registry after which it will consider.

The group, in its proposal, also said that it is willing to give an irrevocable bank guarantee at any time for any unpaid amount and sought court's permission to allow the group companies to operate bank accounts which have been frozen.

The group had earlier made a similar proposal by offering to make cash payment of Rs 2,500 crore within three days and Rs 14,900 crore in five instalments by the end of July, 2015. It had contended that only Rs 15,400 crore remained to be paid.

The apex court had rejected the proposal on March 7.

The bench, however, continued with the hearing on maintainability of Roy's petition challenging his detention by the apex court.

Senior advocates Ram Jethmalani and C A Sundaram, appearing for the group and Roy, submitted that the apex court's order passed on March 4 is illegal and the plea be decided on merit.

SEBI had earlier contended that Roy's petition is not maintainable as he challenged the court's verdict by filing writ petition. It submitted that Roy can seek review of the order.

The hearing remained inconclusive and will resume tomorrow.

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