New Delhi: In a shocking incident, the lokayukta of Karnataka, Justice P. Vishwanath Shetty, was stabbed multiple times in his office in Bangalore on Wednesday afternoon, NDTV has reported.
Reports say the attacker was a complainant, identified as one Tejas Sharma. He has been arrested, according to NDTV.
The lokayukta is the state-level independent ombudsman mandated to receive and act on complaints from the general public of corruption by officials and politicians. Its national equivalent is the lokpal, a position created by an Act of parliament in 2013 but as yet unfilled.
The Karnataka home minister confirmed the attack but added that Shetty had been rushed to hospital, was under treatment and “out of danger”. “A person stabbed the Lokayukta in Bengaluru. The accused has been taken into custody,” Indian Express quoted state home minister Ramalinga Reddy as saying.
The office is open to the public though there are CCTVs and security arrangements in place. According to the Times of India, the metal detector at the office is out of order.
A former judge of the Karnataka high court, Justice Shetty was appointed lokayukta in January 2017 after the post had been vacant for a year. His predecessor, Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao, a former chief justice of the high court, had to quit under a cloud in the face of an alleged bribery scandal involving his son.