SC allows arrest of Amrapali Group CMD in cheating case

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed arrest of Amrapali Group chairman-and-managing director Anil Kumar Sharma as well as two other directors -- Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar -- in an alleged criminal case involving cheating.

The Division Bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit also allowed the Economic Offences wing of the Delhi Police to interrogate Sharma and the two directors.

It also ordered attachment of properties belonging to Sharma (including his bungalow in South Delhi) and the two others.

The court has asked forensic auditors to complete by March 22 audit of the group's accounts for alleged diversion of the homebuyers' money.

Sharma, Priya and Kumar are in the custody of UP Police since October 9, following a Supreme Court order after they failed to hand over all documents related to their 46 companies to forensic auditors.

A court had ordered the action observing that their was blatant and deliberate violation and non-compliance of its order. "If they want to live in dignity, then they should hand over all the documents immediately," it said.

The trio is restricted to a hotel room in Noida from where they are taken to their offices everyday to hand over documents.

However, sources said so far they were not arrested. They were only in police custody to ensure compliance of the top court order.

The next hearing in the case is on March 26.

--IANS

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