Terror accused BJP MP Pragya Thakur named in Indian defence parliamentary panel

Terror accused BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been nominated to a 21-member parliamentary consultative committee on defence.

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.

At least six people were killed and more than 100 injured after a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded on September 29 in Maharashtra’s Malegaon.

The opposition parties called the Modi Government’s move an “an insult to our nation’s defence forces”.

The committee is being headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

According to a notification dated October 31, other members of the committee include National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who has been detained at his residence in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar since the centre’s decision on Article 370 in August.

The committee members are decided by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and not by parliament itself. It only has powers of consultation and its recommendations are not binding.

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