Sampla,Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, claimed that Radhe Maa has "divine power" and there's nothing wrong in calling her a "devi" (goddess).
Sampla's statement ignited the controversy as Radhe Maa recently landed in legal trouble. She is one of the accused in a dowry harassment case. In other cases, she has been accused of instigating people to commit suicide.
Radhe Maa, who is considered as one of the popular religious gurus in the country, allegedly performs vulgar dance steps during satsangs (spiritual discourses). Recently, her pictures in red short dresses brought criticism for the "devi".
Despite all allegations, the BJP MP claimed that it would be unjustified if someone is called a "criminal" just because the person has an FIR against him/her.
The union minister reportedly had organised a ‘chowki' (religious gathering) of Radhe Maa at his official residence in Delhi on July 17, 2015. He also asserted that he doesn't believe in the accusations against the godwoman.