Forty-four-year-old advocate Manoj Sharma sneaked up around Roy and his group of councils outside the court and threw ink at him, leaving the impeccably dressed Roy with a black face on Tuesday afternoon.
"Subrata Roy is a thief. He has cheated and robbed us!" cried Sharma. Roy's Sahara Group companies stand accused of illegally raising nearly Rs 200 billion and duping more than 2 crore investors. Even as Roy maintained his composure, his men thrashed Sharma before the police could take away the Gwalior advocate. No case has been registered against him. According to the police, Sharma didn't have any personal enmity with the Sahara chief, but said he came there for the people who had been duped.
Sharma, it appears, has a history of 'standing up for the truth'. In April 2010, he hurled a slipper at Kalmadi amid corruption allegations in the Commonwealth Games scam. He has also been once arrested for allegedly beating Gwalior's SDM. And in 2005-06, to prove high-level of corruption in authorities, he got a fake death certificate issued in the name of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Sharma, who has a wife and three children, has served as the joint secretary of the Gwalior Bar Council.