Splat! Lawyer Throws Ink at Tycoon Accused of Fraud

Image: Chairman of Sahara India Pariwar Subrata Roy, his face smeared with ink thrown by a lawyer, walks into the Supreme Court in New Delhi
Chairman of Sahara India Pariwar Subrata Roy, his face smeared with ink thrown by a lawyer, walks into the Supreme Court in New Delhi, March 4, 2014. AP

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An assailant hurled black ink at an Indian tycoon accused of multibillion-dollar fraud, shouting "he has cheated and robbed us" outside the country's highest court Tuesday.

Subrata Roy, head of the Sahara India conglomerate, was entering the Supreme Court building in New Delhi with scores of police and security guards when the man splashed him with ink, blackening his forehead and the side of his face.

A man who threw ink at business tycoon Subrata Roy lies in the road after he was beaten by Roy's supporters outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Tuesday.ANINDITO MUKHERJEE / Reuters

"Subrata Roy is a thief. He has cheated and robbed us!" said the assailant, who was identified by Indian television channels as Manoj Sharma, a lawyer. Police detained Sharma and led him away.

India's securities regulator has accused Sahara, which has vast real estate holdings including the Plaza Hotel in New York, of raising nearly 200 billion rupees ($3.2 billion) through bonds that were later found to be illegal.

— The Associated Press