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One of them is Anil. The 30-year-old travel agent put his 200,000 rupees ($3,276) in another investment scheme offered by Sahara, which bills itself as "the world’s largest family." He fears that the case could hurt his investment.
"I have told my agent to surrender my deposit [partially] ... I am worried, but my money will come back, my agent has said," Anil told India Insight, declining to give his last name. "I will hesitate a bit to invest any money now. If the court case goes on, I will redeem all my Sahara investments."
Roy, the 65-year-old head of the Sahara conglomerate which has business interests from shopping malls and life insurance to finance and real estate, was sent to Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Tuesday. Police arrested him after his company failed to comply with a Supreme Court order in 2012 to repay investors in the bond scheme, which the court has said was illegal.
By Jeff Glekin
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
There’s no bigger sport in India than cricket. So you might think that the company which sponsors the Indian national team would be a household name. But Sahara has always been shrouded in mystery. Now, following a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that the company must return $4.5 billion to millions of small investors, its finances are set for a stiff examination. The saga also raises important questions about Indian financial regulation - and how such scandals can be avoided in the future.