Obstruct Sahara’s Aamby Valley auction, go to jail: apex court
The Supreme Court on Thursday took strong exception to the Sahara Group allegedly obstructing the auctioning process of Aamby Valley and warned that anyone indulging in such an act would be held liable for contempt of court and “sent to jail”. The apex court was irked when SEBI claimed that the group had allegedly obstructed the process by writing a letter to the Pune police raising the issue of law and order at the prime property. Taking note of SEBI’s allegation in this regard, a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said the group should not have entered into a communication with Pune’s Superintendent of the Police (Rural) on the issue since the auction had been ordered by the top court. “If any impediment is caused in the auctioning process by anyone, he shall be liable of contempt of this court and sent to jail,” the bench, also comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and AK Sikri, said. The punishment for contempt is up to six months of simple imprisonment.
Later, however, the apex court clarified that it was not initiating any contempt action at this stage.