Published On: Wed, Mar 7th, 2018

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty stabbed, attacker held

Bengaluru: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanath Shetty was stabbed by a man in his office on Wednesday afternoon.

A thorough probe has been ordered by the government into the incident

Vishwanatha Shetty was stabbed at least three times in his office while hearing a case, exposing a major security loophole in the ombudsman’s office.

JUstice Shetty was rushed to Mallya hospital where he is being treated in the emergency.

A man named Tejas Sharma has been taken into custody and sources said that there were multiple cases being probed against the man, said the police.

“I have spoken to (Commissioner of Police) T. Suneel Kumar who informed me that he (Shetty) has been shifted to a private hospital. I was informed that he is out of danger,” state home minister Ramalinga Reddy told reporters here.

The reason for the attack and how it happened were being probed by the police, Reddy said.

Authorities were clueless as to how a man carrying a knife managed to enter the office of the Lokayukta.

The metal detector at the Lokyukta’s office is defunct and may be the lapse that allowed Sharma to sneak in the knife used in the stabbing.

A thorough probe has been ordered by the government into the incident.

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