SC gives Samsung chief 6 weeks to appear before Ghaziabad court in cheating case

The Supreme Court has ordered the chairman of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Lee Kun-hee, to appear before a trial court in Ghaziabad in a $1.4-million cheating case filed against him.

A bench of justices C K Prasad and P C Ghose, however, directed the local court not to execute the arrest warrant against 72-year Lee Kun-hee for six weeks.

''In the meanwhile, the petitioner shall appear before the trial court in session of the case and seek bail and / or exemption from appearance in accordance with law,'' the bench said.

The court, however, said it was not expressing any opinion on the merit of the case pending before the trial court.

The case related to a complaint filed by an Indian company, JCE Consultancy, against Lee in the Ghaziabad court for allegedly cheating it of $1.4 million.

The trial court in Ghaziabad had, in 2012, issued a non-bailable warrant against Kun-hee, following which Samsung approached the Allahabad High Court for relief.

The Allahabad HC, however, declined to quash the case and, instead, termed Samsung chairman an absconder and fugitive.

The bench passed the order on Monday on an appeal filed by Lee challenging the Allahabad high court's order dismissing his plea for setting aside arrest warrant issued against him.