Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty was allegedly stabbed in his office in Bengaluru today. The accused Tejas Sharma has been arrested.
According to preliminary reports, the accused claimed to be an advocate and gained entry into the office of the Karnataka Lokayukta. He reportedly stabbed Justice Shetty thrice, said an eyewitness.
According to sources, the accused had lodged a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta over not getting a tender. Lokayukta had closed the case, stating that it did not find anything wrong in the tender allocation.
The accused, who is a resident of Tumkur district, came to Justice Vishwanath Shetty’s office to discuss the closed case and allegedly stabbed him.
A retired High Court judge, 73-year-old Justice Vishwanath Shetty took over as the Karnataka Lokayukta in January last year. He took charge at a time when the office of the Lokayukta was facing criticism due to alleged corruption under his predecessor Y Bhaskar Rao.
Justice Vishwanath Shetty is currently undergoing treatment at the ICU of Mallya Hospital. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and home minister Ramalinga Reddy have rushed to the hospital.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has instructed the Director General and Inspector General of Polie (DG-IGP) Neelamani N Raju to take urgent action to verify the antecedents and background of the accused.
According to minister Ramalinga Reddy, Justice Vishwanath Shetty is out of danger.
The attack on the Karnataka Lokayukta has raised questions on the security arrangements at his office.
BJP leader from Karnataka and Union minister Sadanand Gowda, in a tweet, attacked the Siddaramaiah government over “lawlessness” in the state.