New Delhi, June 12: Self-styled spiritual leader Bhaiyyu Maharaj reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in Indore on Tuesday.

In April this year, Bhaiyyuji Maharaj was offered cabinet minister post by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

Maharaj grabbed the limelight in April 2011 when Anna Hazare started a movement for Lokpal Bill. When Anna refused to hold talks with the Union government, last Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh introduced Bhaiyyuji to Anna for further discussions. It was he who coordinated with the then law minister Salman Khurshid and prepared a Lokpal Bill, which was accepted by both the parties.

Born in 1968, the real name of Bhaiyyu Maharaj is Udaysingh Deshmukh, who was born in Shujalpur city of Madhya Pradesh.

Enjoying a strong following in Maharashtra, Bhaiyyuji had announced retirement from public life in April 2016.

Maharaj’s wife Madhvi passed away two years ago. Their daughter Kuhu is currently studying in Pune.

On April 30, 2017, Maharaj did his second marriage with Dr Ayushi belongs to Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri.