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Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty stabbed in Bengaluru office; accused Tejas Sharma held

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty was stabbed multiple times in his Bengaluru office on Wednesday morning and is reportedly in a critical situation, media reports said. Accused Tejas Sharma, who hails from Tumkur, has been arrested, CNN-News 18 reported.Justice Shetty was rushed to Mallya Hospital near the Lokayukta office and is in the intensive care unit. Police have begun interrogation of Sharma.

According to 101 reporter Elizabeth Mani, Sharma came to the Lokayukta office and wrote in the registry that he is an advocate. The metal detector on the ground floor was not working and nobody saw a knife or anything with him.An eyewitness told News 18 that his condition is very bad. According to him, the police arrived at the spot 10 minutes after the incident.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah visited Bengaluru's Mallya Hospital to meet Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty, ANI reported. Siddaramaiah told the media that there is a gunman provided to the Lokayukta as per law but the gunman was outside and the government will now look at the security lapses.

Congress condemned the incident and said, "This is a very sad incident...We need to know the intention behind the incident. We are very serious about Lokayukta, we have some of the very senior people in the post. We will certainly take an action." Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy told reporters that Shetty is out of danger, The Times of India reported.

The report also mentioned how former prime minister and JD(S) national president said that the Congress government has been trying to kill the institution of Lokayukta and this attack is just one single blow.

Times Now, meanwhile, reported that the Congress party received flak for saying that the "Justice should have been careful".


Updated Date: Mar 07, 2018 16:06 PM

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