Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed many times in office, assailant held

Mar 08, 2018, 11:43 IST | Agencies

The accused had gone to his office with a complaint but was told that the case had been shut

CP T Sunil Kumar outside the Mallya Hospital where Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty is being treated. Pic/PTI
CP T Sunil Kumar outside the Mallya Hospital where Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty is being treated. Pic/PTI

Karnataka Lokayukta P Vishwanath Shetty was on Wednesday stabbed multiple times and left profusely bleeding by a man who went to his office with a complaint only to be told that the case was shut, officials said. Shetty, in his early 70s, was rushed to a nearby hospital and is prima facie stated to be out of danger.

The Lokayukta collapsed after assailant Tejaraj Sharma attacked him in his chamber in a multi-storeyed building near Vidhana Soudha or the state secretariat, according to officials and eyewitnesses.

Sharma was arrested, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters after he rushed to Mallya Hospital and enquired about Shetty's condition. Sharma, who had filed a complaint with the Lokayukta about not getting a tender for a work he had applied for, went to his chamber and stabbed him at three or four places, he said.

He was told by the Lokayukta office that the case was shut after investigation. Shetty suffered serious injuries on his abdomen, Siddaramaiah said. "I have spoken to doctors regarding his treatment. Doctors who are treating him have said prima facie he is out of danger," he said.

The assailant came to the office saying he wanted to meet Shetty and after entering the chamber, stabbed the Lokayukta with a knife, Siddaramaiah said. "I was shown the weapon. The knife is big. It looks like he has attempted to murder," he said. "I wish for his speedy recovery. Such a thing had never happened... I have instructed the DGP to investigate in detail... about his background and other things."

Amid reports of a security breach, Siddaramaiah said he had asked police to take action. He said those who come to meet the Lokayukta are normally given a chit before being called in. "Several people come to meet us also; we won't know who has come with weapon."

Law and order has broken down: Ananth
Union Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday said the stabbing of Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanath Shetty was "shocking" and this showed the complete breakdown of law and order under the Congress-led government in the state.

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