SC reserves order on Bhushan Steel ex-promoter’s Rs 25-bn fraud case

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New Delhi, Aug 30: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on the SFIO’s plea to stay a Delhi High Court order in a case concerning Bhushan Steel’s erstwhile promoter Neeraj Singal.
A bench of Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it will pass orders on the plea of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), while agreeing to hear the probe agency’s appeal against the release order on Thursday.
Singal, who was arrested by the SFIO for allegedly siphoning off Rs 25 billion funds, got bail from the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
During the hearing, the bench observed that it may transfer all similar matters pending in the high court to itself and may even stay the verdict, but would not like to interfere with the release of Neeraj Singal from custody.
In a day filled with dramatic twists and turns in the case, the High Court had Wednesday morning granted interim bail to the jailed industrialist which led the SFIO to rush to the apex court to seek a stay on the release order.
The apex court did not grant interim stay, but considered the vehement submissions of the probe agency that the release of Singal would cause grave harm to the investigation. It had then ordered listing of the appeal for Thursday.
After the conclusion of the hearing at the apex court on Wednesday, the High Court had taken up the matter in the evening and said since the top court had not stayed its order granting interim relief to Singal, the trial court “should not waste time” and pass the release order.