Malegaon blast accused MP’s appointment to defence panel triggers controversy


NEW DELHI: The appointment of controversial BJP leader Pragya Thakur to a crucial Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence has sparked controversy.


The Congress has described the appointment of the MP, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, as an insult to the country’s defence forces.  

According to a bulletin issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, Thakur will be part of the 21-member committee headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The MP from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is currently out on bail, which was granted on grounds of ill health. She faces multiple charges under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

“It is unfortunate for the country that an MP accused of spreading terror has been nominated as member of a defence-related committee. Modi ‘has not been able to forgive her from the heart’ but she has been given the responsibility of important issues such as the country’s defence,” said Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surejwala in a tweet.

Congress Secretary Pranav Jha told news agency IANS that her appointment was "not good for democracy" and urged the BJP to re-think the nomination.

"Bringing such people, against whom the cases are going on in court is not good for democracy. Everything is not guided by the Constitution but some decisions are taken on moral grounds too," he said (with inputs from agencies).

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