SC is­sues con­tempt no­tice against three Am­ra­pali di­rec­tors

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NEW DELHI: In an­other ma­jor set­back to the three di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing the CMD, of the be­lea­guered Am­ra­pali Group, the Supreme Court on Thurs­day ini­ti­ated con­tempt pro­ceed­ings against them and di­rected that they be placed un­der po­lice surveil­lance for the next 15-days.

The top court had, on Oc­to­ber 9, di­rected that the Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Anil Ku­mar Sharma and di­rec­tors Shiv Priya and Ajay Ku­mar be taken into po­lice cus­tody till they hand over all the doc­u­ments of the group’s 46 firms.

The apex court clar­i­fied on Thurs­day that the ac­cused will not be kept in po­lice lockup for the night, and in­stead be taken to a ho­tel in Noida, where their phones will be seized.

The three di­rec­tors were re­leased on Wed­nes­day night from po­lice cus­tody af­ter nine prop­er­ties of Am­ra­pali Group, where bulky doc­u­ments of group com­pa­nies are stashed, were sealed in com­pli­ance with the top court’s or­der.

A bench of Jus­tices UU Lalit and DY Chan­drachud al­lowed the three di­rec­tors to stay in their home for tonight, but asked them to present them­selves be­fore the Sta­tion House Of­fi­cer of Noida Sec­tor-62 on Fri­day be­fore 8 am.

The top court also fixed a 15-day limit for foren­sic au­di­tors to col­lect, col­late and cat­a­logue the doc­u­ments from 2008 till now, with re­gard to the 46 com­pa­nies of the group from the nine prop­er­ties sit­u­ated in Noida and Greater Noida of Delhi-ncr, and Buxar dis­trict in Bi­har.

“Dur­ing the en­tirety of op­er­a­tion of cat­a­logu­ing the doc­u­ments of Group com­pa­nies, the ap­pli­cants (three di­rec­tors) shall re­main un­der po­lice surveil­lance.

“We direct the SSP of Noida to see that af­ter the op­er­a­tion is over for the day, they be brought to the Ho­tel Park As­cent in Sec­tor-62, Noida, and taken the next day to the prop­er­ties, where doc­u­ments are kept,” the bench said.

The bench, while is­su­ing the no­tice of con­tempt to the three di­rec­tors for prima fa­cie vi­o­lat­ing court’s or­der and thwart­ing the course of jus­tice, asked the reg­is­trar of the apex court to reg­is­ter a sep­a­rate suo motu case against them.

“We, there­fore, is­sue a for­mal no­tice of con­tempt against di­rec­tors of Am­ra­pali Group and direct the reg­is­trar of the Supreme Court to reg­is­ter a sep­a­rate suo motu con­tempt case to be listed on Novem­ber

20. Re­ply to be filed in four weeks”, it said.

The court fur­ther di­rected that the three di­rec­tors shall not use cell phones dur­ing their stay in the ho­tel at night with­out the ex­press autho­ri­sa­tion of po­lice, but granted them lib­erty to use the phones dur­ing the day­time when they will be as­sist­ing in col­lat­ing the doc­u­ments of 46 Am­ra­pali Group com­pa­nies.

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