Karnataka Lokayukta attacked as accused's complaint was not addressed, says police

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The police are questioning Sharma on the motive for the attack on Shetty.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the attack on Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty and expressed concern. The question still springs up - how can a complainant drop by the chambers of a state-level ombudsman with a knife?

The potential attempt to murder was carried out even while the security arrangements are bang in place.

And so what if there is a metal-detector which doesn't work at the entrance to the Lokayukta's official premises (which also houses the chambers of the Upa-Lokayukta and the anti-corruption body's Superintendent of Police).

The staff members, who barged into the chamber after hearing a scream, found Shetty lying in a pool of blood.

Soon after the CM Siddaramaiah arrived, the hospital was covered with heavy security. "Doctors who are treating him have said prima facie he is out of danger", he said. Shetty was out of danger and the accused, identified as Tejas Sharma, had been arrested, Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said.

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

Meanwhile, Shetty has been shifted to Mallya Hospital in the city and his condition is said to be critical. "It is time for the Congress to go from Karnataka".

Previously a judge in the Karnataka High Court from 1999 to 2004, Justice Shetty was recommended to be appointed as the Lokayukta of the state in January 2017.

"This is the first such incident and we are all shocked". So you can see what kind of security Siddaramaiah govt has provided us.

Sharma had made an entry in the visitor's book at 12.45pm.

Assembly elections will be held in Karnataka later this year.

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. "It's highly condemnable as a senior judge has come under attack", Hegde said.