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Subrata Roy Sahara brought to Delhi, to be produced in SC today

Mar 04, 2014 07:57 AM IST Business Business
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New Delhi: Sahara Chief Subrata Roy will be produced in the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon. He was brought to Delhi on Monday night after an overnight halt in Agra.

Roy was arrested last week after he failed to respond to the Supreme Court's summons to appear in court. This is connection with the case where Sahara owes several investors over Rs 20,000 crore.

Roy was arrested on Friday and there have been reports that he was given VIP treatment in custody. Roy was living in a forest guest house in Lucknow, which is supposed to be one of the best in the city. The police had also closed down the popular picnic spot in order to secure the area.

Questions are being raised on why Subrata Roy was being given such special treatment as this was yet another instance of the Uttar Pradesh Police dishing out special treatment to VIPs. The CJM court had said the UP police must produce Subrata Roy in the Supreme Court, but till then it is their prerogative to house him where ever they want. The UP police decided on one of the best guest houses in Lucknow.

No outsiders were allowed inside what is otherwise a common picnic spot. Even those who regularly went there for morning walks had been refused. However, no such restrictions were imposed for anyone near or dear to the Sahara chief.

Meanwhile, friends, especially those from the film industry, extended their support to Roy. During a special press conference, they conveyed their personal opinion on the Sahara chief.

"I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Subrata. But in such cases, people are scared to come forward and give their opinion," said lyricist Sameer.

"Today when someone lands in trouble, people part ways with that person, but we have come together for Sahara shree. He is an honest person and should get a chance to defend himself," said actor Fardeen Khan.

Even the likes of Kapil Dev and Sridevi have spoken out in favour of Sahara.

The order to arrest Roy was issued on February 26 for his failure to appear before the apex court in a contempt case arising out of non refund of Rs 20,000 crore to investors by two of his companies.