New Delhi: The Supreme Court rebuked Sahara Chief Subrata Roy’s plea for release of humanitarian grounds saying the he is in jail by choice. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal was arguing on behalf of the Sahara Chief saying that it was not fair to put Roy inside the jail when the contempt proceeding against him were not yet over.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said, “One thing which is troublesome is that the person (Roy) says there is an asset of Rs 1,85,000 crore. He tells the court that he has so much of money but when it comes to paying one-fifth of that he is unable to pay. You have to pay only the one-fifth of your amount. The person who is blessed with so much money is sacrificing his liberty in jail and not parting away with his property. You are in jail by choice.”
Sibal said that it was difficult for Roy to arranged for such a big amount for his release by staying inside the jail and the court should consider humanitarian grounds for his release.