Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Justice Vishwanath Shetty stabbed in Lokayuta office in Karnataka, in critical condition

Justice Vishwanath Shetty stabbed in Lokayuta office in Karnataka, in critical condition

In a shocking news, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty was stabbed outside his office in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

According to preliminary reports, accused identified as Tejas was immediately taken into custody by Vidhana Soudha police. He is 74. His appointment came over a year after the previous Lokayukta, Y Bhaskar Rao, stepped down after allegations of an extortion racket, involving his son, being run from his office.

The Lokayukta was stabbed two to three times after which he fell to the floor bleeding. After the attack, there were questions about security in the Lokayukta office.

Tejraj Sharma, 33, who was apparently unhappy with the ombudsman, managed to enter the Lokayukta office with a knife taking advantage of a malfunctioning metal detector, authorities said. The manner in which the assault took place indicates that the police also said.

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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah visited Bengaluru's Mallya Hospital to meet Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty. As per the report, He had been stabbed thrice and his condition was said to be serious.

Home minister Ramalinga Reddy, citing initial information, had earlier said the assailant had claimed to be an advocate. He complained to the Lokayukta about some tenders.

An eye-witness in the case, Jay Anna said that one person tried to murder the judge. So you can see what kind of security Siddaramaiah govt has provided us. The incident reportedly occurred at 1:50pm, when the lokayukta was looking through some case files. While addressing the press, he said an inquiry would be conducted. "Anybody could access him with their grievances, there was no armed guard", said Brijesh Kalappa of the state's ruling Congress, describing the attacker as a "madman".

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