Pragya Thakur nominated to consultative committee of defense

The Bhopal MP, who is an accused in the Malegoan blast of 2008, and Ex-J&K CM Farood Abdullah has been nominated to the 21-member committee.

Pragya Thakur is a first time Member of Parliament elected from Bhopal. (Source: thearticle.in)

New Delhi: Malegaon accused BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been nomination to parliamentary committee on defense alongside former Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, according to a notification issued by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. The committee consists of 12 Lok Sabha members and nine members of Rajya Sabha. The committee is chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

The 21-member consultative committee includes opposition leaders like Farooq Abdullah, TMC’s Sougata Roy, DMK’s A Raja and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.

The nomination of Thakur, the Bhopal MP, in the committee was not welcomed by Congress, as the MP is facing trial for multiple charges under the sections of Unlawful Activities(Prevention) Act, the India penal Code, the Arms Act and the Explosive Substance Act. Congress attacked the government, saying it was unfortunate for the country that an MP accused of “spreading terror” has been nominated as member of a defense-related committee.

“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, Pranav Jha, Congress Secretary told IANS.

On 29 September 2008, seven people were killed due to a bomb rigged to a motorcycle in Malegaon, Maharashtra. The investigation by Mumbai Anti-terror squad, along with Mumbai Police, had led to Thakur’s arrest on October 24 2008. The Bombay High Court granted Thakur bail on health grounds in April 2017, after the NIA dropped charges against her under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Thakur had earlier claimed that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse was a “patriot”. Though she came out with a clarification, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he would never forgive Thakur for the comment. The MP was issued a show-cause notice by BJP ahead of the 2019 general election.

When the then Maharashtra ATS Chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, Thakur called the tragedy as a result of her “curse”.

(by Ratan Priya with PTI inputs)