SC Declines to Recall NBW Against Subrata Roy

Published: 28th February 2014 02:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2014 02:05 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear Sahara Chief Subrata Roy's plea for recall of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued by it against him in a contempt case.

Appearing for 65-year-old Roy, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani pleaded before a bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan for recall of the NBW issued by the court on February 26.

He submitted that the special bench, comprising Justices Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar, which heard the case, be assembled on Friday to hear his application.

Justice Radhakrishnan, who sat with Justice Vikramajit Sen, however, said that it is not possible for the special bench to assemble on Friday.

Roy was arrested in Lucknow on Friday after he surrendered to the police, two days after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.

The Sahara chief had on Thursday approached the apex court tendering an "unconditional apology" for his non-appearance in a contempt case and sought recall of the NBW.

Moving the apex court a day after it issued the NBW to be executed by March 4, Roy admitted that he had "erred" by his non-appearance under a bonafide belief that the court will permit him personal exemption from appearance for one day.

Besides seeking recall of the NBW, Roy had sought a stay of the operation of its order during pendency of his plea. The order to arrest Roy was issued after his failure to appear before the apex court in the contempt case arising out of non-refund of Rs 20,000 crore to investors by two of his companies.

Roy had sought exemption from personal appearance on the ground of ill-health of his 92-year-old mother.

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

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