Pragya Thakur’s name in Defence Panel kicks up a row

Pragya Thakur’s name in Defence Panel kicks up a row

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The controversial BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s nomination to 21-member parliamentary consultative committee on defence has kicked up another row.

Raising objections over the appointment, the Congress said that it is "an insult to our nation's defence forces"."Pragya Thakur, a terror accused & Godse fanatic has been nominated by the BJP govt. to be a member of the Parliamentary Panel on Defence. This move is an insult to our nation's defence forces, to our nation's esteemed parliamentarians & to every Indian," the party said in a tweet this morning.

21-member parliamentary consultative committee will be headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. An accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, Pragya Thakur is currently out on bail, granted on grounds of ill health, and faces multiple charges under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

Congress Secretary Pranav Jha warned BJP to re-think the nomination.

"Bringing such people, against whom the cases are going 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.