Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed ‘thrice’ in Bengaluru office, attacker arrested

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Lokayukta or anti-corruption ombudsman Justice P Vishwanath Shetty was stabbed in his Bengaluru office by a person on Wednesday. The accused has been taken into custody.
“A person stabbed the Lokayukta in Bengaluru, the accused has been taken into custody,” said Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy in Bengaluru.
According to reports, Justice Shetty was stabbed at least three times by the attacker, identified as Tejas Sharma, while he was hearing a case in his office.
Reports said that the attacker allegedly was in a crowd of complainants who had come to meet the Lokayukta in his office in the ground floor of the Multi-Storey Building, also known as MS Building.
The Karnataka Home Minister told news agency PTI: “According to information I have, someone claiming to be an advocate had gone to the office and stabbed him.”
Justice Shetty, 74, was rushed to Bengaluru’s Mallya Hospital where he is being treated in the emergency section.
The Karnataka Home Minister said Justice Shetty was out of danger.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reaches Bengaluru’s Mallya Hospital to meet Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty.
According to an NDTV report, leader of Karnataka’s ruling Congress said the Lokayukta prefers to be accessible to the people and there is hardly any security at his office. “There was no bar for anybody. Anybody could access him with their grievances, there was no armed guard,” said Brijesh Kalappa of the Karnataka Congress, describing the attacker as a “madman”.
“There are multiple CCTV cameras…a metal detector and multiple people watching. How can we say there has been a security breach,” Kalappa added.
Justice Shetty was sworn in on January 28, 2017 as the Karnataka Lokayukta, a year after the post fell vacant following a bribery scandal that had hit the office of the anti-graft ombudsman.