Patna, May 12 (IANS) The Patna High Court on Thursday took a tough stand against Sahara India chief Subroto Roy after he did not appear before the court.
The single bench of Justice Sandeep Kumar has now asked the Sahara chief to physically be present before the court at 10.30 am on Friday.
The lawyer of Subroto Roy cited illness as the reason for his client's non-appearance. The lawyer also presented medical certificates and diagnosis papers before Justice Kumar, but he was not satisfied with them.
Kumar directed Umesh Prasad Singh, the lawyer, to present Subroto Roy before the court.
"He should physically appear before the court at 10.30 am on Friday (tomorrow) and present the blueprint of how he would return the money of investors," the bench said.
The lawyer also mentioned that there is life threat to Subroto Roy in Bihar. On this, Kumar reportedly said that "why would he do such an act when his life is under threat".
Kumar also said that the security of Subroto Roy is the responsibility of the district administration of Patna. He then directed Patna SSP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon to make arrangements for his security.
Subroto Roy's lawyers also went to the Supreme Court to get a stay on his physical appearance before Patna High Court.
During the hearing on April 27, the Patna High Court had directed Subroto Roy to physically appear before the court on May 11. As Subroto Roy did not appear, Justice Kumar gave him another chance to appear before the court on May 12. As he again did not appear before the court on Thursday, Kumar has given a final order to Subroto Roy to appear before the court at 10.30 am on Friday.
At present, more than 2,000 cases pertaining to alleged fraudulency by Sahara India have been filed in the Patna High Court.