Subrata custody, a home away from home

Subrata custody, a home away from home

Homemade food and unlimited access to family members and his company’s senior executives have turned the Forest Department guest house, the place where Sahara group chief Subrata Roy is placed under police custody, just a home away from home.

The guest house at Kukrail, on the outskirts of the state capital, resembles a fortress with cops deployed in strength at every nook and corner. The inner ring of the security is, however, made of Roy’s private guards.

The result is that the forest area, a favourite picnic spot, is out of bounds for the public. The cops did not even allow the media personnel to enter the area but vehicles belonging to the Sahara group, however, had free access to the guest house where Roy has been housed after being sent to custody till March 4. He is staying at a VIP suite in the guest house, sources said.

They said that Roy had been served homemade food on Friday night and Saturday and his family members, including his wife, paid a visit to him at the guest house.

Senior police officials remained tight-lipped when asked why Roy had been kept at the guest house. “I have no answer,” retorted a senior police official when queried in this regard. The court said it was for the police to decide where to keep Roy during this period. It, however, ordered that Roy must be produced before the Supreme Court before 2 pm on Tuesday.

Roy's lawyer said the Sahara chief would be in the custody of the Gomti Nagar police and “it is the discretion of the police officer as to where to keep Roy”.

The apex court had issued a non bailable warrant against Roy on Wednesday after he failed to appear before it in a case pertaining to refund of money to the investors in one of its companies.

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