Aamby Valley auction: SC irked over Sahara’s letter to cops

[] The Supreme Court has warned the Sahara Group against causing any impediment in the auctioning process of its Aamby Valley property, after the group wrote a letter to the Pune police, raising the issue of law and order at the property

The Supreme Court, on October 12, 2017, took strong exception to the Sahara Group writing a letter to the Pune police, raising the issue of law and order at its Aamby Valley property, which is undergoing a court-mandated auctioning process. Taking note of SEBI’s allegation in this regard, a bench headed by justice Dipak Misra, said the Group should not have entered into a communication with Pune’s superintendent of police (rural) on the issue, since the auction has been ordered by the top court.

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[] SC directs official liquidator to proceed with Aamby Valley auction

The bench, also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and AK Sikri, directed the director general of police, Maharashtra, to see that the property is handed over to the official liquidator of the Bombay High Court, within 48 hours. “If any impediment is caused in the auctioning process by anyone, he shall be liable for contempt of this court and sent to jail,” the bench said. The apex court asked the official liquidator to go ahead with the auctioning process, under the direct supervision of the company judge. The bench also said the official liquidator shall take guidance from justice AS Oka, sitting judge of the Bombay High Court, in the matter.

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At the outset, senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the SEBI, referred to the communication addressed to the SP of police and claimed that due to this, the police has taken over the custody of the property. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Sahara Group, countered the submission and said that the custody of the property had not been handed over to the police and ‘completely wrong statements are being made to prejudice the court’.

The bench, however, clarified that they were not initiating any contempt action at this stage. The top court was hearing SEBI’s plea, seeking contempt action against the Sahara Group, for allegedly obstructing the auctioning process of Aamby Valley.

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