Justice P. Vishwanatha Shetty had taken charge of Karnataka Lokayukta in January last year. Justice Shetty is a retired Karnataka High Court Judge.
Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty had taken charge of Karnataka Lokayukta in January last year. Justice Shetty is a retired Karnataka High Court Judge. Justice Shetty’s appointment was initially opposed by the state Governor following complaints of corruption against him. Social activist SR Hiremath had alleged that Justice Shetty had used false information to get a site allotted in the Judicial Layout. In a memorandum to the governor, Hiremath had appealed to the governor to reject the Karnataka government’s decision to appoint Justice Shetty as the Karnataka Lokayukta.
After taking charge as a Karnataka Lokayukta, Shetty had said the allegations against him were false and all properties in question were bought by his family members before he was appointed as the High Court judge in 1995.
Before Justice Shetty, the Karnataka Lokayukta office was vacant since the disgraceful exit of former Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao in December 2015.
Justice Shetty has also been a senior advocate in Supreme Court. He had represented Karnataka energy minister DK Shivakumar and former mining baron G Janardhana Reddy before being appointed as Karnataka Lokayukta.
Justice Shetty comes from Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. He has also be a a Bar Council nominee in the Press Club of India.
On Wednesday, Justice Shetty was stabbed by an attacker identified as Tejas Sharma. The incident took place at the Lokayukta office in Bengaluru.
An eyewitness Jay Anna told ANI, “One person attempted to murder the judge. He hit him three times with his knife. The judge fell on the floor. So you can see what kind of security Siddaramaiah government has provided us. The situation is very bad.”
Karnataka Home minister oHM Ramalinga Reddy told reporters 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.”
PTI reported that Shetty was stabbed “multiple times” by the attacker. The accused had appeared before him in connection with a case.