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Sahara chief held, spends night in forest guest house

The drama finally came to an end on Friday. Sahara chief Subrata Roy was sent to police custody till 4 March after he turned himself in following a Supreme Court warrant against him for not appearing in a case linked to his alleged failure to return Rs. 24,000 crore to over three crore small investors. Roy will spend the night at a forest guest house in Kukrail, nine km from Lucknow. His lawyers had requested for a house arrest.

The Sahara chief was arrested at his sprawling estate in Lucknow. A city court sent him to police custody till Tuesday - the day the Supreme Court wants him produced before them - but his lawyers say the cops can decide whether to accept his request for house arrest till then.

The Sahara chief has repeatedly cited his 92-year-old mother’s illness for not appearing in court and had also asked to be kept under house arrest so he could be by her side.

On Friday morning, he had declared that he was ‘not absconding’ after a police team that landed with a warrant at his home last evening couldn’t find him. He said he was out consulting doctors and meeting lawyers at the time and complained that he ‘can’t handle this level of agony and humiliation.’
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