Lokayukta is an independent obbudsman on a state level, which probes corruption allegations against politicians and government officials. "It looks like he has attempted murder", he said. Police have begun interrogation of Sharma. The police are now probing the security lapse at the Lokayukta's office.
Hearing the commotion, the gunman rushed inside the room and saw the judge lying on the floor.
Hospital sources told TNM that Justice Shetty who is out of immediate danger, has three minor cuts in his hand and one deep cut in his abdomen.
An employee in the lokayukta office, who did not wish to be named, said she heard screams from Shetty's chamber around 1.45 pm.
Justice Shetty was sworn in on January 28, 2017 as the Karnataka Lokayukta, a year after the post fell vacant following a bribery scandal that had hit the office of the anti-graft ombudsman.
Sharma had visited the Lokayukta office four times earlier, Kumar said. The accused, identified as Tejas Sharma by TV reports, has been taken into police custody, news agency ANI quoted Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy as saying.More news: Iran Rejects French Calls to Stop Developing Missile Program
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Already under fire for the poor law-and-order situation in Karnataka, the Congress's Siddaramaiah seemed to take comfort in the fact that it was the first such attack.
"I am shell shocked at the incident".
The BJP has been held multiple rallies across the state including the "Karnataka Suraksha Yatre" and "Bengaluru Rakshisi Yatre" to corner the Siddaramaiah government on the issue of law and order.
The BJP called for the removal of Siddaramaiah. "There is no security for a Lokayukta judge, so imagine the fate of the common man", he said.
Assembly elections are due in the state later this year.
The Bharatiya Janata Party said the incident showed that law and order was deteriorating in Karnataka. "It's highly condemnable as a senior judge has come under attack", Hegde said.