Spiritual guru Bhayyu Maharaj Bhayyu Maharaj, who had refused to accept ministerial rank granted by the Madhya Pradesh government over two months back, today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself here, police said.
He shot himself at his home, Mishra said.
A large number of his supporters gathered in front of the hospital where the 50-year-old 'godman' was rushed after the shooting incident.
Bhayyu Maharaj, whose original name was Uday Singh Deshmukh, was one of the five 'saints' to whom the Shivraj Singh government of Madhya Pradesh had granted Minister of State (MoS) rank in April.
However, he had refused to accept it, saying "a post holds no importance for a saint".
Prior to becoming the spiritual guru, he had done a modelling stint, his disciples said.
He enjoyed a large following among politicians and film stars.