Court Rejects Plea By Sahara’s Subrata Roy Seeking Discharge From Bonds Sale Case
Subrata Roy gestures as he speaks during an interview in Lucknow, India.(Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Court Rejects Plea By Sahara’s Subrata Roy Seeking Discharge From Bonds Sale Case

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A special court has rejected the applications filed by Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy and three others, seeking discharge from a case pertaining to sale of bonds to the public in violation of securities rules.

Special Securities and Exchange Board of India court had, while rejecting the applications earlier this month, noted that there was enough material on record to frame charges against the accused.

"Having regard to the facts of the case, documentary evidence on record, in my opinion the accused persons have not made out a prima facie case for discharge," Judge MM Umar said in the order.

Besides Roy, two group companies -- Sahara Housing Investment Corporation and Sahara India Real Estate -- and their three directors are named as accused in the case.

Roy and the three directors had filed applications in the court seeking discharge from the case.

The case relates to the issue of Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures by the companies.

Sahara Housing Investment Corporation had passed resolutions under relevant provisions of the Companies Act for raising funds through the issue of unsecured OFCD by way of private placement to friends, associates, group companies, workers and any other affiliated companies of Sahara Group.

As per the allegation, the accused company had issued the OFCD to more than 75 lakh subscribers, which is in excess of the limit of 49 persons for private placement.

As per the provisions of the Companies Act, private placement can only be made to not more than 50 persons. Therefore, OFCDs issued by the accused was a public issue in the guise of private placement.

As per the affidavit filed by the accused company before the Securities Appellate Tribunal, it collected an amount of Rs 6,380.50 crore through issue of OFCDs from November 2009 to April 2011.

The other group company had allegedly collected Rs 19,400 crore from over two crore investors in a similar way between April 2008 to 2011.

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