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Roy remains in jail

Roy: Under pressure

New Delhi, March 27: Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two directors of the company will remain in jail as their lawyers today expressed their inability to pay Rs 10,000 crore to get bail for the trio.

The apex court yesterday said Roy would be freed on bail only if he paid Rs 10,000 crore, of which Rs 5,000 crore had to be in the form of bank guarantee.

His lawyers said providing a guarantee of this size would take at least three months.

Instead, a bunch of senior advocates headed by Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Roy and the group, have asked the two judges of the Supreme Court, who passed the detention order yesterday, to recuse themselves from the case alleging biasness.

“If a client has a grudge that there is some prejudice and reasonable apprehension of bias, Your Lordships may kindly recuse. They should not hear the matter,” Jethmalani told the bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and J.S. Khehar.

He further alleged that the bench had sent Roy and the two directors to jail on March 4, without being properly heard by the court. They were sent directly to jail without being sent a notice by the court.

“I have been sent to jail for an offence which I have not committed. In all fairness this matter should be heard by another bench, “ he remarked.

However, the bench did not respond to Jethmalani’s submission asking them to withdraw from the case.

Jethmalani questioned the order putting a condition of paying Rs 10,000 crore for getting interim bail.

“You had made a terrible mistake. By sending me (Roy) to jail, you have violated my constitutional rights under Article 21 (right to liberty),” another senior counsel Rajeev Dhawan said.

The arguments would resume on April 3.

 
 
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