Self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa was interrogated by police in Aurangabad for more than an hour on Friday in a dowry harassment case, reports said.
Police were tight-lipped about the details of the investigation. PTI reported that Radhe Maa reached Aurangabad earlier in the day and stayed at a hotel eight kilometres from the city.
Police are investigating a complaint by one of her disciples, Niki Gupta, that Radhe Maa instigated her husband and in-laws to harass her for dowry.
The Mumbai-based 50-year-old holy woman became a social media rage after a recent video clip showed her dancing to a Bollywood tune and still images showed her lounging on a sofa in a red miniskirt.
The leaked images of her free-spirited ways showed the alter ego of Param Shradhey Shri Radhe Maa, who appears before her legions of devotees in glittering red saris, heavy jewellery and make-up with a trishul, or trident, in her hand.
She is known to shower expensive gifts on her high-profile devotees. “Before moving to Mumbai, she used to hold satsangs in Mukerian. Once I told her that in my dream, she had gifted me a gold chain. The very same day, she asked her staff to hand over a gold chain to me,” said a follower.
Radhe Maa, who belongs to a backward class and went to a government school in Dorangla, was married off in her teens. She has three sisters, who are also into spirituality, one of them looking after the ashram in Mukerian.
It's not known exactly when Radhe Maa went to Mumbai and she hardly visits Punjab these days.
She currently stays at an undisclosed house in Mumbai’s Borivali while her relatives are in Kandivali.
Her temple in Mukerian is now closed for visitors with security personnel deployed outside.