New Delhi: Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy has paid a whopping Rs 1.23 crore to Tihar Jail authorities for all the special privileges he enjoyed for the past one year in a special cell. This amount will take care of 200 inmates for a year, authorities said. Roy was moved to ordinary cell in November.
Roy was sent to Tihar Jail on March 4, 2014, for failing to refund over Rs 20,000 crore with interest to depositors along with two of Sahara’s directors — Ashok Roy Choudhary and Ravi Shankar Dubey.
He was asked by the court to pay Rs 10,000 crore for bail, including Rs 5,000 crore in cash and the rest as bank guarantee. He was lodged in the high security ward. During his stay in Tihar, the Supreme Court had allowed Roy to use the conference room to negotiate the sale of his luxury hotels in New York and London to raise the bail money.
“Tihar Jail authorities have received Rs 1,23,70,000 from Sahara Group for using the conference room. The payment includes charges for security, electricity, maintenance, rent and other facilities like food and water. The group is yet to submit Rs 7.5 lakh rupees more,” sources told TOI.
Sources said Roy was first moved to the special unit on August 5 for 10 days. During these 10 days, the court allowed him to use special services like WiFi and video-conferencing to hold meetings with potential buyers.
“Functioning from the fully air-conditioned room, Roy was also allowed two laptops, two desktops, landline phones and a cellphone. For these facilities, the Sahara Group will pay directly to the service providers. Roy’s stenographer and other assistants were also allowed to help him during the permitted time slot from 6am to 8pm,” a top official said.
The regular visitors’ list included his son and a few company directors. All the meetings were recorded by CCTV cameras. Roy was sent back to normal cell on Nov 12 after which all his special services stand terminated as per court’s order, the official said.