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Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed in office, attacker arrested

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty at Bengaluru's Mallya Hospital Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty at Bengaluru's Mallya Hospital. Image Courtesy ANI Twitter
Steve Townsend | 08 March, 2018, 01:37

While speaking to reporters, State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said, "We are closely monitoring the situation".

In a shocking incident that highlights security shortcomings in public offices, Karnataka Lokayukta judge P Vishwanatha Shetty was stabbed multiple times inside his chamber on Wednesday afternoon.

New Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and expressed concern over the attack on the state Lokayukta. The staffers rushed him to the nearby Mallya Hospital, reported The Hindu.

This content is restricted to site members. "He was alone when he assaulted the judge", the Minister added.

He stalked Justice Shetty's office and since it was a lunch break and as there were not many people around, he allegedly walked in and attacked the Lokayukta. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, quite taken aback rushed into the hospital to pay a visit to Shetty in person. Advocate Jay Anna, who witnessed the assault, said the attack was pre-planned as the attacker had came to the Lokayukta office carrying a knife. He had a big weapon in his hand. The initial response of the ruling party Congress spokesman (as quoted in sections of the media) is to maintain that the stabbing of the state's highest anti-corruption Constitutional functionary is not a security lapse!

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The Vidhan Soudha police have registered a case and are investigating.

Amid reports of a security breach, Siddaramaiah said he had asked police to look into it and take action. It has been found that the accused had complained against 15-17 public servants in connection with supply of furniture.

"I have spoken to (Commissioner of Police) T. Suneel Kumar who informed me that he (Shetty) has been shifted to a private hospital". The accused reportedly went inside the office by claiming he wanted to speak to the Lokayukta. While addressing the press, he said an inquiry would be conducted.

"There was no bar for anybody".

A retired High Court judge, Justice Vishwanath Shetty took over as the Karnataka Lokayukta in January a year ago.

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