In a shocking incident, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty was stabbed by a man inside his office on Wednesday afternoon in Bengaluru.
He was stabbed thrice before the security guards came and apprehended the attacker. Former HC Justice Vishwanath Shetty is currently undergoing treatment in nearby Mallya hospital. He is out of danger, confirmed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah. The reason for the attack is yet to be known.
The attacker, identified as Tejas Sarma has been arrested. He entered the office around noon. Tejas said that he had some issues with tender, and without appointment reached third floor where Lokayukta's office is located.
Eyewitness Jay Anna was quoted by ANI as saying, "One person attempted to murder the judge.He hit him 3 times with his knife.The judge fell on the floor".
According to reports, the metal detector was not functioning at the entry point CM Siddaramaiah rushed to the hospital to take stock of the situation. Opposition BJP has branded it another example of poor law and order in the state.
State Home Minister HM Ramalinga Reddy said about the attacker, " He was a contractor from Tumakuru. He complained to the Lokayukta about some tenders. He assaulted the judge and he was alone. The judge is out of danger now".
Lokayukta is an independent obbudsman on a state level, which probes corruption allegations against politicians and government officials. So naturally, the job is of high risk.
Hence, the Karnataka government is red-faced regarding the big security lapse which lead to such an incident, where a person managed to entire the office with a knife and attack the Lokayukta.
It is important to note Karnataka Lokayukta investigating the illegal mining case submitted its report indicting the then BJP CM Yeddyurappa for illegally profiteering from land deals in Bangalore and Shimoga, and also in connection with the illegal iron ore export scam in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka.
Following much pressure from the BJP central leadership,he announced his decision to quit. Finally, he resigned on 31 July 2011. Yeddyurappa is now CM candidate for BJP for the oncoming Assembly elections.