Mumbai: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will auction a property owned by Sahara in Uttarakhand, for a total reserve price of little over Rs223 crore, on 28 July, as part of the process to recover funds from the beleaguered group.
In a public notice on Tuesday, Sebi said that SBI Capital Markets has been mandated to e-auction a 82.93 acres of land located in village—Bahadarabad and Ranipur in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
“Sebi hereby invites bids from the intending bidders along with and amount equivalent of 25% of the reserve price as earnest money to be paid through demand draft/pay order/RTGS/NEFT in favour of Sebi-Sahara refund account," the notice said.
The regulator said that 1.36 acres of land out of 82.93 acres has been acquired by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
“An amount equivalent to the valuation of 1.36 acres of land would be reduced from the successful bid amount to be paid by the successful bidder in its last tranche payment on pro-rata basis," it added.
Following directions from the Supreme Court for the sale of certain Sahara assets to recover money, Sebi has appointed SBI Capital Markets (SBI Cap) and HDFC Realty for auctioning various land parcels held by Sahara group.
In November 2016, Sebi had lined up as many as five land parcels of Sahara for an e-auction at a total reserve price of over Rs130 crore. Besides, 13 properties were put on the block in October, and their combined reserve price was about Rs1,400 crore and 58 properties were auctioned in July (2016), with a collective reserve price of nearly Rs5,000 crore.
After spending two years in jail, Sahara chief Subrata Roy is currently out on parole. He was sent to jail on the orders of the Supreme Court in a long-running dispute with Sebi.
Sahara has filed a defamation case in a Patna court against Mint’s editor and some reporters over the newspaper’s coverage of the company’s dispute with the Securities and Exchange Board of India. Mint is contesting the case.