The Karnataka government suspended a top police official on Thursday, a day after a man stabbed Lokayukta Justice PV Shetty inside his office in Bengaluru, PTI reported. The state Cabinet suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (Vidhana Soudha) Yogesh for security lapse, said Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.
On Wednesday, accused Tejraj Sharma was sent to five days in police custody. Sharma had allegedly stabbed Shetty at least three times with a knife. The 74-year-old anti-corruption ombudsman is now in stable condition, doctors at Mallya Hospital said.
Initial police investigation said Sharma was prone to eccentric behaviour and anger. He had started a furniture business in Tumakuru and filed complaints with the Lokayukta’s office when his bids to government tenders were rejected, unidentified police officials told The Indian Express. However, his complaints were rejected for lack of evidence. He then visited the office several times, without success, until he stabbed Shetty on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a special team that is investigating the security lapse found that the metal detector outside the office was working but had been disconnected from the power source at the time of the incident, News18 reported. Earlier it was reported that the metal detector was defunct.