Last week, the Supreme Court
(SC) asked the official liquidator of the Bombay HC to take over and manage Aamby Valley.
It said the auction
must begin on December 1 (Friday) and has to be completed within eight weeks.
The HC liquidator came out with newspaper advertisements on the sale on Friday.
An earlier attempt to auction
the property had failed, as no bidder had come forward to bid for it. In fact, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) told the Supreme Court
chief Subrata Roy and other directors of the company tried to obstruct the sale.
The properties for sale comprise the 6,761.64-acre township named ‘Aamby Valley
City Development’ in Lonavala in Pune district of Maharashtra and includes 1,409 acres surrounding the township and 321 acres in neighbouring Satara district.
group has been embroiled in a prolonged legal battle with the Sebi over a case involving a Rs 24,000-crore refund to investors.
The court extended Roy’s parole after the company deposited Rs 600 crore with the Sebi. Sahara
acknowledged it owed Rs 14,000 crore as principal money to the Sebi, but the top court denied its offer to clear the dues by July 2019.
On August 9, Sahara’s counsel Kapil Sibal requested the Supreme Court
to stay the auction, saying the company would pay dues worth Rs 1,500 crore. The court, however, said it did not believe Sahara
would pay up, and that it would pass an “appropriate order” if the amount was paid by September 7.