An angry journalist threw a shoe at India's top official after a confrontational exchange during a press conference over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that left thousands dead.
The shoe missed Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, who continued taking questions yesterday as officials escorted the journalist away.
The journalist, Jarnail Singh, was taken into police custody, but released after questioning, said police spokesman Rajan Bhagat. Singh is a veteran reporter with one of India's largest newspapers, the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran.
Before throwing the shoe, Singh - a Sikh - asked Chidambaram several questions about the Central Bureau of Investigation's findings last week that cleared a senior Congress party leader, Jagdish Tytler, from any involvement in the bloody riots that left 3,000 dead.
Chidambaram said CBI was an independent body and that the government played no role in the decision, and called for the public to be patient.
Singh, dressed in an olive-green shirt and a white turban, then threw his blue and white sneaker at Chidambaram, narrowly missing his face.
Moments later, Chidambaram repeatedly asked the reporters in the room to "settle down," and said, "the emotional outburst of one man should not hijack a press conference."
Soon after, Singh told TV news reporters that he regretted throwing the shoe but he felt Chidambaram was dodging the question.
"I just wanted to ask him how justice will be done, but he was not interested in answering the questions," he told CNN-IBN during a telephone interview from police custody. "I don't think it was the right way, what I have done, but the issue is right."
Singh did not say whether he was inspired by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who threw his shoes at former US president George W. Bush during his last visit to Baghdad.