Embattled Sahara chief Subrata Roy was on Tuesday forced to endure the public humiliation of being splashed with ink after an irate investor targeted him outside the Supreme Court. The alleged attacker Manoj Sharma,44, who is an advocate at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, threw the black-coloured liquid on Roy’s face as he was being taken to the court. And the incident occurred even as the Sahara chief was talking to reporters after alighting from the police vehicle.
“Sharma threw ink on Roy’s face, removed his own shirt and started shouting that Roy is a thief and has stolen money from poor,” said DCP S B S Tyagi. According to the DCP, while the Sahara chief was escorted inside the court after the incident, Sharma was roughed up by the lawyers and others. “Sharma has been detained and can be booked under Section 351. He has been kept under custody at the Tilak Marg police station,” said Tyagi.
Further, the DCP said that Sharma had once hurled a shoe at disgraced Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi in 2011 at the Patiala House court campus here. He had been lying in wait for Roy at the Supreme Court after having come here by an early morning train from Gwalior.
The public humiliation was a first-of-its-kind for Roy, who has been mired in controversy for quite sometime now, due to a long-running dispute between the Sahara group and SEBI.