Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty had written 20 times to authorities asking for more security, according to Justice Santosh Hegde who once headed the anti-corruption body in the state. "It is being treated as an attempt to murder", he said.
It is learnt that the metal detector at the office was defunct allowing the attacker to gain entry to the Lokayukta's chamber with a knife.
Police overwhelmed Sharma and took him into detention.
The staff members, who barged into the chamber after hearing a scream, found Shetty lying in a pool of blood.
Union minister Ananth Kumar held Siddaramaiah and his party "fully responsible" for the attack.
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The accused, who appeared before the Lokayukta in connection with a case, has been nabbed, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told PTI. First Congress MLA son attacks, now judge being stabbed in his office. Which led the retired UP IG Vikram Singh to wonder how the Lokayukta's gunman could have been absent since, as per the service rules, he was duty-bound to be with the Lokayukta even if Justice Shetty had asked him to move out of the chamber. "His allegations were not proved".
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.
Law minister T.B. Jayachandra conceded a security lapse. "It is time for the Congress to go from Karnataka".
"This is the first such incident and we are all shocked". "We are probing how he managed to sneak in a weapon", he said.
BJP leader and former home minister R. Ashoka called for the "immediate" resignation of the chief minister.
Opposition BJP has branded it another example of poor law and order in the state. "It's highly condemnable as a senior judge has come under attack", Hegde said.