`Attach Sahara's Aamby Valley Project': SC

The Supreme Court ordered to seize Sahara's star Aamby Valley project in Pune to force the group to pay Rs.14,799 crore more to the market regulator. This is the balance of the principal amount the court had ordered the group to pay. The Securities and Exchange Board of India's role is to distribute the money to investors in two Sahara schemes that the regulator had found illegal.

Meanwhile, the court extended the parole of Sahara chief Subrata Roy , even as the group paid another Rs.638 crore to the regulator on Monday .

A three-judge bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ranjan Gogoi and AK Sikri, expressed their impatience with the group's failure to quickly pay up the arrears.

It ordered attachment of the prime project despite strong opposition from Sahara lawyer Kapil Sibal. The group had so far resisted any attempt to sell either Aamby Valley or its hotels abroad.

Monday's order effectively restrains the group from claiming ownership rights over the property or disposing of or alienating it in any manner.

While the court could initiate steps to sell the property and recover the money, the group, too, could come up with a list of other unencumbered properties that it could offer to sell.

The court told the group to submit a list of such unencumbered properties in two weeks. Sahara could also pay off the amount upfront but that seems an impossibility at this juncture, given that the group has struggled to make its payments over the years and has paid only half of the principal amount so far. The interest component is yet to be recovered.

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