Sahara case: Justice Khehar recuses himself from hearing
Moneylife Digital Team 15 May 2014

Justice Radhakrishnan, who retired on 14th May, has gone on record saying that the bench was under immense pressure in the Sahara case

In a sudden twist in the Sahara Group case, Justice JS Khehar from the Supreme Court has recused himself from hearing the matter following which a new bench has been constituted.


In a release, Rakesh Sharma, Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court said, a “communication dated 6 May 2014 received from Justice JS Khehar was placed before the Chief Justice of India on 7th May. On 7th May itself, the CJI has been pleased to constitute another bench to hear the matter relating to Sahara Group...”


The release, read out by the official at a press conference in New Delhi, said that Justice Khehar had written a letter the day when he and Justice KS Radhakrishnan decided a petition filed by Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy.


Justice Radhakrishnan, who retired on 14th May has gone on record saying that the bench was under immense pressure in the Sahara case.


The official from the apex court, however, did not disclose the details of the new bench, which will now hear the petitions relating to Sahara Group.


The bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and JS Khehar in its 6th May judgement had upheld its order jailing Subrata Roy and rejected his claim that rules of natural justice were not followed in the case.


The 65-year-old Roy, who has been in jail since 4th March for non-refund of over Rs20,000 crore to depositors, was asked by the court to make a fresh proposal for paying Rs10,000 crore to get bail.


The Court had passed the order on a petition filed by Roy challenging the constitutional validity of its order passed on 4th March by which he was sent to jail for not complying with its order to deposit around Rs20,000 crore of investors money with SEBI.


The bench in a strongly-worded judgement had come down heavily on the Group for “systematically” frustrating and flouting all its orders with impunity on refunding investors’ money.


It had said the Group “adopted a demeanour of defiance constituting a rebellious behaviour, not amenable to the rule of law” and justified its decision to send Roy along with two promoters of two Sahara companies to jail.

8 years ago

Why didn't Justice Radhakrishnan take contempt of Court proceedings against the persons who pressured him in Sahara Case?
Nagesh Kini
Replied to MOHAN comment 8 years ago
Can he not initiate proceedings even now?
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