Tribal activist Soni Sori, who was recently released on bail by Supreme Court, has joined Aam Aadmi Party along with former Infosys board member, V Bala. One of the cases against Sori involves allegations that in September, 2011, she acted as a courier to deliver funds to Maoists from a firm as “protection money”. She has been acquitted in five other cases filed against her.
“I was never interested in politics. I wanted to live a normal life. But the torture and atrocities in police custody changed my entire outlook and thought process. “Now I want to contest elections and through AAP I want to transform the system,” Sori said in a post on the party’s Facebook page.
AAP, however, is yet to make an announcement about handing Sori an election ticket with the party having earlier dismissed any talk of her planning to contest as its Lok Sabha poll candidate from Bastar in Chhattisgarh. Referring to former Infosys CFO V Bala’s decision to enlist as an AAP member, the party added in the post that, “After stepping down as board member of software behemoth Infosys recently, creating ripples in the corporate circles, Bala has joined AAP.
“He (Bala) spent over two decades at Infosys, where he assumed a number of roles, including chief financial officer, board member and, most recently, the head of its India business unit, BPO and Finacle.” Former defence personnel Lt Gen (retd) HS Panag and Lt Gen (retd) TK Chadha, too, joined the party along with BL Vohra, a retired 1967-batch IPS officer of the Manipur-Tripura Cadre.