New SC bench to hear Sahara case tomorrow

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 19 2014, 02:41am hrs
A new bench has been constituted in the Supreme Court to hear the Sahara case, and it will take up the matter on May 19. The new bench, comprising justices TS Thakur and AK Sikri, was set up after JS Khehar recused himself from hearing the matter.

The entire case was earlier being heard by a bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice Khehar since 2012. But the Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha, constituted a new bench after Justice Radhakrishnan retired on May 14 and Justice Khehar recused himself from the case.

At a farewell for him, Radhakrishnan had said he and his family were under unimaginable pressure and tension while hearing the case. Justices Radhakrishnan and Khehar, in a May 6 judgment, had upheld the order jailing Sahara chief Subrata Roy and rejected his claim that rules of natural justice were not followed in the case.

Roy, who has been in jail since March 4 for non-refund of over R20,000 crore to depositors, was asked by the court to make a fresh proposal for paying R10,000 crore to get bail.