In a relief to the Sahara Group, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) order directing its two companies to refund around Rs.17,400 crore to their investors and asked for the details of their assets and liabilities. A bench headed by Chief Justice S. H. Kapadia directed the two companies to file a detailed affidavit explaining as to how it will protect the interests of their 2.3 crore investors who have put in their money in Sahara India Real Estate Corporation (now known as Sahara Commodity Services Corporation) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation.

The bench directed the companies to place before it their 2010-11 balance sheets and statements of accounts for November, 2011, by January 8, the next date of hearing.

“Net worth of the companies, particularly assets, against which liability has been created, financial statements including balance sheets of 2010-11 and statements of accounts of the companies of November, 2011, shall be mentioned in the affidavit,” the bench said.

The apex court also issued notices to the Centre and to the Securities and Exchange Board of India, seeking their responses on the group's plea challenging the order within six weeks. — PTI