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SC raps Sahara for not refunding its investors, says company's intention looks 'shaky'

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Dec 03, 2012 at 03:25pm IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rapped Sahara Group for not complying with its order for refunding Rs 27,000 crore to its investors saying the intention of the company looks "shaky". "Your intention is very shaky. Every step taken by you is shaky," it said.

The apex court added that Sahara Group's reasoning for not refunding its investors is "unjustifiable". "You are justifying your conduct which is unjustifiable," the bench said.

Sahara Group had on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the order of the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) dismissing its appeal against market regulator SEBI in a case involving refund of about Rs 24,000 crore with interest to about three crore investors. A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir listed the matter for hearing on Monday.

SC raps Sahara for not refunding its investors

The court also said that Sahara Group's reasoning for not refunding Rs 27,000 crore to its investors is "unjustifiable".

The counsel for Sahara had told the bench that the company was ready with a draft of Rs 5,100 crore for deposit in the apex court's registry. In their appeal before the SAT, two Sahara Group firms had sought the Tribunal's intervention in refund of investors' money and had accused the market regulator SEBI of wrongly charging them of non-compliance with a Supreme Court order in that regard.

The Tribunal, however, had said that any further direction in the case could be sought and granted by the Supreme Court alone and dismissed the appeal. The apex court had asked Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd (SHICL) to refund an estimated Rs 24,000 crore with an annual interest of 15 per cent, while SEBI was directed to facilitate the refund of this money to about three crore investors of the two firms.

The court had asked the companies to furnish the documents related to these investors to SEBI within 10 days and refund the money within three months, failing which the regulator was asked to freeze the accounts and attach properties of the two firms.

(With additional information from PTI)

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