Mankotia joins war on corruption

Shimla: Falling short of announcing plans to contest elections again after Vijay Singh Mankotia had announced retirement from public life, the senior leader said on Tuesday that Anna’s war on corruption and his supporters had forced him to join the crusade.

Talking to media persons, Mankotia said that his outfit “Adalat-e-Awaam (Peoples Court) would be activated for mobilizing public support to fight corruption at all levels.

He said that in May, a state level delegate level convention of likeminded organizations would be held to develop a strategy for fighting corruption in public life.

Civil society, youth and ex-servicemen would be the main partners in carrying out the message for a corruption free society.

Besides corruption, tackling unemployment and securing one rank, one pay parity for ex-servicemen would be the focus of the movement.

However, he said that the Adalat-e-Awaam would not fight elections.

Hitting out at his bête noire union minister Virbhadra Singh’s, Mankotia said it was an irony that despite criminal proceedings awaiting adjudication against the former chief minister, Singh continued to be a cabinet minister Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government.

About two witnesses having turned hostile in the audio CD case against Virbhadra Singh, he said that he had approached the courts to make him as an party in the case.

As the CD case had a direct implication in the defamation case moved by Virbhadra Singh against me, I have approached the courts to make me party to the application moved by witnesses who have turned hostile.

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