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UP Police raids Sahara chief Subrata Roy’s residence, fails to arrest him

Roy moved to Supreme Court seeking cancellation of non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him.

Updated: February 27, 2014 8:24 pm
After the court's order, police may detain Roy and produce him in the court on the next date of hearing. (Express Archive) After the court’s order, police may detain Roy and produce him in the court on the next date of hearing. (Express Archive)

Police raid Sahara chief’s home, does not find him a team of Lucknow police on Thursday raided the house of Sahara chief Subrata Roy, who, earlier in the day, moved to Supreme Court seeking cancellation of non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him.

Armed with Supreme Court’s non-bailable warrant, the team of Gomti Nagar police station reached ‘Sahara City’ housing his residence  at about 4.30 pm to arrest him but failed to find him there.

High drama marked the police action as the police conducted searches inside the residence. Entry into and exit from the premises, which is spread in over 270 acres, was barred but the police exercise did not yield fruit.

“The team is there to execute the non-bailable warrant issued by Supreme Court”, Circle officer, Gomti Nagar, VS Mishra.

SHO Gomti Nagar Ajit Singh Chauhan said that Roy was not present inside the Sahara Shahar premises.

Earlier in the day, the Sahara Chief offered unconditional apology to the apex court for his non-appearance.

Roy also sought recall of the apex court’s Wednesday order in which non bailable warrant was issued against him and police was ordered to arrest and produce him before it on March 4.

The order to arrest Roy was issued for his failure to appear before the apex court in a contempt case arising out of non refund of Rs 20,000 crore to investors by two of his companies.

A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar had rejected Roy’s plea to exempt him from personal appearance on the ground of ill-health of his 92-year-old mother.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who had appeared for Roy, had produced a medical certificate from Sahara Hospital, Lucknow, on the condition of Roy’s mother and recommended that he be allowed on “humane as well as medical grounds” to be with his mother at this stage.

The bench had said since it had on February 25 declined to grant exemption, it did not find reason to accede to the renewal of the request made yesterday.

The three directors of Sahara Group, who were also summoned along with Roy, had appeared in the court yesterday.

The court had on February 20 come down heavily on the Sahara group for not refunding Rs 20,000 crore of investors money despite its order and summoned Roy, Ravi Shankar Dubey, Ashok Roy Choudhary and Vandana Bhargava, directors of its firms Sahara India Real Estate Corp Ltd (SIREC) and Sahara India Housing Investment Corp Ltd (SHIC) to be personally present before it yesterday.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. R
    Feb 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    Money doesn't only talk it swears, so what else can you show me! I am not sahara chief subrata.I am a sixty five year old man who is still fighting a case instigated by some people under section 85(b) so that I would be out of way until they completed lowering of the plinth level of a shop very close to the office of a NCP corporator. In fact in the same housing society's premises. This happened exactly three years ago! The job was carried out while I was held overnight. But I still have to attend court. Because of this experience I suffer from Anxiety-Depression . This was all done when Rakesh Maria was based in Pune overlooking investigations into terrorist activities in Pune! How much more 'dadagiri' from the police should we suffer? Is he stating that we have no recourse except to accept living under a police state. Tell him to know details of this case from the 'dada' of the Khondwa police chowky!!!This might seem out of context . But even my immediate family thought mine was a lost case before it started. Rich people can tackle the supreme court , poor like me cannot even tackle the local police station . This is called democracy.