The order to arrest Roy was issued on Wednesday for his failure to appear before the apex court in a contempt case arising out of non-refund of R20,000 crore to investors by two of his companies. The Sahara chief offered unconditional apology to the apex court for his non-appearance.
Roy also sought recall of the apex court's order in which a non-bailable warrant was issued against him and police was ordered to arrest and produce him before it on March 4. A bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and JS Khehar had rejected Roy's plea to exempt him from personal appearance on the ground of ill-health of his 92-year-old mother.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Roy, had produced a medical certificate from Sahara Hospital, Lucknow, on the condition of Roy's mother and recommended that he be allowed on humane as well as medical grounds to be with his mother at this stage. The bench had said since it had on February 25 declined to grant exemption, it did not find reason to accede to the renewal of the request made on Wednesday. The three directors of Sahara Group, who were also summoned along with Roy, had appeared in the court