New Delhi :  It was drama to the hilt outside Supreme Court when Sahara boss Subrata Roy arrived here in his trademark white shirt and black half-waist coat, but was greeted with black ink thrown in his face by an onlooker.

Immediately, Roy was escorted inside the court even as the onlooker, identified as Manoj Sharma from Gwalior, was roughened up by lawyers and Sahara supporters. “I threw ink at Roy as he is a thief and has robbed the poor,” Sharma shouted, after which he was hurriedly removed from the scene. Later, flaunting his torn shirt, he gloated over the act before media persons gathered on the court premises. Manoj Sharma has a reputation of sorts: he once hurled a shoe at Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi; at another time, he had got a fake death certificate made in the name of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to prove the high level of corruption which permeates the different layers of administration.

65-year-old Roy was earlier driven to the court in a white Bolero police vehicle. As he trooped in, he told the waiting media, “I promise that I will meet you all after coming out”.

But that was before he was splattered with ink. Roy, who was in the court premises for nearly six hours, could not keep his word and speak to the media. He was whisked away even as media persons waited

for him at another exit. His son Seemanto Roy did not talk to media either when he came out of the court complex. Played out on TV all day, the inking of Roy is likely to leave an indelible impression. Remember the proverb, ‘‘the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.’’

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