- He says he was tricked into believing he was launching restaurant
- He represents Unnao, where a BJP legislator was charged with raping minor
- The 62-year-old is known for his medieval-era views and comments
Stunned by the outrage over his appearance, Sakshi Maharaj, 62, says he had been tricked into believing he was inaugurating a restaurant. He says he has also complained to the BJP state president against a party leader who he said had egged him on to take up the invite.
The owner of the club also now claims the invites mistakenly referred to the restaurant cum lounge as "nightclub".
Months ago, Sakshi Maharaj had blamed rapes on girls and boys holding hands and engaging in "vulgar behavior in public".
He had also supported Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief accused of raping two disciples when he made this comment: "One woman has alleged rape against the Dera chief, but crores of devotees believe he is God. Who would you believe?"