New Delhi, March 8: According to Justice Santosh Hegde who once headed the anti-corruption body in the state, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty had written 20 times to authorities asking for more security. But this fell on deaf ears.
Anguished by the incident, Justice Hegde also questioned the government's attitude towards the institution of Lokayukta. "I am more concerned about the attitude of the government towards Lokayukta institution. Metal detectors were not working since many years," Justice Hegde added.
Yesterday, the state's Lokayukta was stabbed inside his office premises in Bengaluru by an alleged contractor from Tumakuru over complaints regarding some tenders.
Karnataka Lokayukta P Vishwanatha Shetty was stabbed multiple times and left profusely bleeding by a man who went to his office with a complaint only to be told that the case was shut, officials said.
Shetty, in his early 70s, was rushed to a nearby hospital and is prima facie stated to be out of danger.
The Lokayukta collapsed after assailant Tejaraj Sharma attacked him in his chamber in a multi-storeyed building near Vidhana Soudha or the state secretariat, according to officials and eyewitnesses.
Sharma was arrested, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters after he rushed to Mallya Hospital and enquired about Shetty's condition.
Sharma, who had filed a complaint with the Lokayukta about not getting a tender for a work he had applied for, went to his chamber and stabbed him at three or four places, he said.