Investor fraud case: Sebi grills Sahara group chief Subrata Roy in hunt for assets

Apr 10 2013, 17:52 IST
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Sahara Chief, Subrata Roy. (Reuters) Sahara Chief, Subrata Roy. (Reuters)
SummarySebi seeks to sell these assets to refund 3 crore Sahara group investors.

Market regulator Sebi today questioned Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy and three other top executives about their assets and investments in connection with the high profile alleged investor fraud case involving refund of an estimated Rs 24,000 crore to over three crore investors.

In their personal appearance that lasted for about one hour, Roy and three other directors of Sahara companies were asked about their personal assets as also those of the companies so that Sebi can proceed with sale of these assets to realise the funds for refund to investors.

Sebi had summoned Roy, Ashok Roy Choudhary, Ravi Shankar Dubey and Vandana Bhargava for a personal appearance before its whole time member Prashant Saran through an order issued on March 26.

After his appearance, Roy told waiting reporters that he was asked about his personal assets which he thought was a point for concern for Sebi.

"My personal assets appears to have troubled Sebi," he said, while adding that most of the investors had been paid back and the remaining money to be refunded was with the market regulator.

Roy said he was asked by Sebi whether he had any assets beyond those declared by him. "I was asked about my personal assets and I told them that I have declared all my assets."

He said that Sahara group was concerned about delay in refund by Sebi and accused the regulator of not having taken any steps for months together to return the money to those investors who have not been refunded as yet.

Sahara chief said Sebi's questions were limited to his personal assets and the regulator was not taking any steps for returning investors' money from Rs 5,120 crore submitted by the group to Sebi.

The group claims that it has already returned a bulk of the total Rs 24,000 crore refund to investors directly and the total outstanding liability was less than Rs 5,120 crore given to Sebi towards investor refund.

During their personal appearance, Roy and other executives were asked to produce original title deeds of all assets and investments of the two firms, Sahara India Real Estate Corp Ltd (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corp Ltd (SHICL).

The summons for the four persons, as directors of two Sahara firms, were issued by Sebi on March 26 to examine them for ascertaining details of their personal assets, as also the investments and assets of the companies, to move ahead with sale of immovable

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