Named in 34 cases, Sakshi Maharaj claims to be saint

Lucknow: With 34 criminal cases registered against him, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj claims he is a saint and curse will befall those who don’t vote for him. “A saint has come to your door. When a saint comes to beg and is not given what he asks for, he takes away all the happiness of the family and in turn curses the family. This I am not saying, but I am quoting from sacred scriptures. I am not asking for money or land. Those who do not vote for me will face divine displeasure,” he said on Friday at an election meeting in Unnao, UP.

A look at the affidavit filed with his nomination, gave detailed account of criminal cases registered against him. The list makes him look less of a saint and more of a criminal. According to his admission, Sakshi Maharaj has cases ranging from promoting enmity, four cases related to criminal intimidation, robbery, dacoity, murder, forgery, cheating and criminal breach of trust. Though he has not been convicted, there are eight cases where cognizance has been taken, registered in UP’s Faizabad, Etah and in Delhi. Swami Sachidanand Hari, better known as Sakshi Maharaj, has a large following in Etah, where he hails from. He also runs a large network of ashrams and schools in UP, and is popular.

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