Sahara has accumulated a string of trophies in recent years, including a stake in a Formula One motor racing team and ownership of Grosvenor House hotel in London.
In July, 2012, it agreed to buy a controlling stake in New York's Plaza Hotel.
But its core client base is the towns and villages away from the shiny cities of modern India.
There, Sahara sells investment products to often poor people in amounts as small as Rs 2 a day.
The company is a household name in India through its lead sponsorship of the national cricket team.
"Banks take eight years to pay what I get from Sahara in five years," Chaudhary, 40, said in Khalilabad, a town in Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
Like several Sahara customers interviewed nearly two weeks afterwards, he had not heard of the court ruling.
Image: Sahara Force India driver Paul di Resta, owner of Sahara Group of companies, Sahara Force India formula car racing team and Pune Warriors team owner Subrato Roy Sahara, UB Group Chairman and owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team Vijay Mallya and Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg pose for a photograph prior to the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 17, 2012.