New Delhi: Sahara chief Subrata Roy walked out of Tihar jail on Friday night, where he was lodged for over two years, after the Supreme Court granted him a four-week parole to attend the funeral of his mother who died in the wee hours of Friday.
Besides Roy, the apex court also granted parole to one of jailed Sahara directors, Ashok Roy Choudhary, who is a relative of Subrata. Roy's mother Chhabi Roy, 95, passed away in Lucknow after prolonged illness.
"Both Subrata Roy and Ashok Roy Choudhary were released around 8.45 pm from jail number 1 of Tihar where they had been lodged since March 4, 2014," said a senior jail official.
Earlier in the day, a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justices AR Dave and AK Sikri allowed the plea of Roy seeking permission to attend cremation rites of his mother.
"An application has been filed by Subrata Roy seeking provisional release, as his mother passed away early this morning at Lucknow. We direct that Roy shall be released on parole for four weeks," the bench said.
The court has directed that Roy would be under the protective custody of police during the parole period. His counsel Kapil Sibal assured the court that he will not try to escape or run away.
Roy was sent to jail on the orders of Supreme Court in a long running dispute with market regulator SEBI.