The South Asian Times

22 March 2018 23:30 PM

Karnataka ombudsman stabbed, attacker held


Bengaluru, March 7: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P. Vishwanatha Shetty was stabbed by a man at his office on Wednesday afternoon, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said. The attacker was overpowered and arrested while Shetty was said to be out of danger.

Reddy told the media that Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar had told him that Shetty had been shifted to a private hospital. "I was informed he is out of danger."

The reason for the attack and how it happened were being probed, Reddy said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the hospital to enquire about Shetty's condition. "The doctors say he is out of danger."

The attacker stabbed Shetty multiple times with a knife after entering his office, the Chief Minister said.

The accused, identified as Tejraj Sharma, had been arrested.

The police will also probe if there was any security lapse in the Lokayukta office, said Siddaramaiah.

Shetty, 73, was earlier a judge in the Karnataka High Court and had also practiced in the Supreme Court. He had taken charge as the state's ombudsman in January 2017.

Update: 07 March, 2018