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Who is Manoj Sharma, the man who called “Sahara chor hai”?

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New Delhi, March 5: The Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy's face was smeared with black ink by an attacker, who was identified as self-proclaimed activist Manoj Sharma- the man whose sudden action left everyone stunned.

Sharma, who was manhandled allegedly by few lawyers and supporters of 65-year-old Subrata Roy, claimed to be an advocate and an activist from Guddi Gudda village, Lashkar in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh.

High drama was witnessed outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday when suddenly the ink attacker called Sahara as thief (chor).

He removed his shirt and started shouting that "he (Roy) is a thief and has stolen money from poor". Sharma is also reported to be one of the investor in the Sahara Group.

Shortly after creating an unprecedented chaos, Sharma was detained by Delhi police and was taken to Tilak Marg police station.

He has been booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). He reportedly told police that he specially travelled to Delhi to throw ink on Roy, as soon as he got to know that he will be produced in the apex court on Tuesday at 2 pm.

Manoj Sharma is also booked in an "attempt to murder" case in Gwalior.

Manoj Sharma- Same man who hurled slipper at Suresh Kalmadi

In 2011, Sharma had hurled a slipper at the former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief and Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi, at Patiala Court complex in Delhi.

During that time, he had claimed that he was "sent by God" to eradicate corruption. The police officials who apprehended him told a newspaper, "He seems to be mentally unstable. He claimed that he is working for a weekly 'Sansad Garjana'.

Interestingly, he was accorded a "hero's welcome" by city advocates, when he reached Gwalior, after being released for attacking Kalmadi.

On his daring act, he had said, "Now a direct war has begun against the corrupt people in India. It needs courage to do so but if you have courage, you find the way also."

Got fake death certificate of A B Vajpayee

In 2006, he also got a fake death certificate made in the name of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to prove high level of corruption.

Manoj Sharma alias Kapil Thakur

According to The Telegraph report, in 2002, he had attacked a person with knife and was also suspended by a local bar association.

Manoj Sharma- A follower of Anna Hazare

Sharma also revealed that he is an activist in anti-graft crusader, Anna Hazare- led movement of India Against Corruption (IAC).

He also said that he is a staunch follower of Hazare and is a part of the country's fight against corruption movement.

Attempt to murder case registered against Manoj Sharma

According to an Indian Express report, Sharma is also booked in an "attempt to murder" case for allegedly assaulting an Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in Gwalior.

It also mentioned that between 2006 to 2007, he worked as the joint secretary of the Gwalior Bar Association.

He has his wife and three children in family. Besides a native of Gwalior, he also owns property in East Delhi's Geeta Colony area.

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