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In a dramatic turn of events, Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy was arrested on Friday morning in Lucknow after he surrendered to police, two days after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him by the Supreme Court.
Subrata Roy was arrested after the Supreme Court turned down his plea for a special hearing today by the special bench hearing the Sahara India Pariwar case.
Declining to urgently hear Subrata Roy's plea to allow him to be with his ailing mother, the apex court said the bench of Justice Radhakrishnan and Justice J.S. Khehar would not be able to assemble today.
Ram Jethmalani, senior counsel appearing on behalf of chief Subrata Roy moved the Supreme Court seeking early hearing for cancellation of non-bailable warrant against Subrata Roy.
Following Subrata Roy's arrest, his son Seemanto Roy told media in Delhi, "Subrata Roy wilfully submitted himself before Lucknow police and he is cooperating with all authorities,”
“Sahara chief very attached to his mother... her condition remains fragile and he was hoping for a Supreme Court relief,” Seemanto said while addressing a press conference.
Earlier in the morning, Sahara chief Subrata Roy said he is not absconding from arrest and is ready to "unconditionally follow" whatever direction the Supreme Court gives him today.
A day after the police visited his home in Lucknow to arrest him as per Supreme Court's orders but failed to find him there, Roy said he is still in Lucknow and had gone out for sometime to consult "a panel of doctors".
Roy said he has "already informed police to do their duty".
Through a statement signed by him, Roy also appealed to the Supreme Court to allow him to be with his "ailing mother under house arrest till March 3, 2014", while adding that he was ready to reach Delhi even today, if court wants him to do so.
Issuing a non-bailable warrant against Roy, the Supreme Court on February 26 asked the police to arrest him and present before the court on March 4.
Raising an emotional pitch, Roy said he was a "law abiding citizen" and not the one who will abscond.
"Last evening I had gone out of Sahara Shahar, Lucknow, to consult with a panel of doctors with certain medical reports of my mother and then I had gone to a lawyer's house also," he said.
Armed with Supreme Court's non-bailable warrant, a team of Lucknow police yesterday raided Roy's house in 'Sahara Shahar'