Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed in office, attacker Tej Raj Sharma detained

Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed in office, attacker Tej Raj Sharma detained

Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed in office, attacker Tej Raj Sharma detained

An employee said Justice Shetty looked traumatised but was conscious all through and sipped water offered by his office staff before being taken to hospital.

Shetty, in his early 70s, was rushed to a nearby hospital and is stated to be out of danger.

Meanwhile, the BJP Karnataka posted on its official Twitter handle, "Attack on Lokayukta is highly condemnable".

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said Sharma was a contractor from Tumakuru and he had complained to the Lokayukta about issuance of some tenders.

The Lokayukta was stabbed two to three times after which he fell to the floor bleeding.

The log also revealed the attacker had entered the premises on the pretext of meeting the assistant registrar of Enquiries 5 around 12:45 PM. The accused reportedly went inside the office by claiming he wanted to speak to the Lokayukta. He assaulted the judge and he was alone.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah who visited the hospital later, said that while the injuries suffered by the judge were grievous, doctors have announced that he is "out of danger".

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Union minister Ananth Kumar held Siddaramaiah and his party "fully responsible" for the attack.

"A gunman was standing guard outside Shetty's chamber and the CCTV is also installed, Siddaramaiah said, adding, ".

According to preliminary reports, the accused named Tejharaj Sharma has been taken into custody by the Vidhana Soudha police. It has been found that the accused had complained against 15-17 public servants in connection with supply of furniture.

Law minister T.B. Jayachandra conceded a security lapse.

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

Already under fire for the poor law-and-order situation in Karnataka, the Congress's Siddaramaiah seemed to take comfort in the fact that it was the first such attack.

Assembly elections in Karnataka are due in just months, and the opposition BJP is using the attack as a weapon against the Congress government, saying it is part of the breakdown in law and order.

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