The flamboyant chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, has been convicted of rape by an Indian court.
The sect claims to have more than 60 million followers around the world and the 50-year-old “Godman” is revered by his supporters.
In 2002, Singh was investigated by India’s federal police for murder and alleged rape, charges he has denied.
Known as “Rockstar Baba”, Singh is often spotted in shiny, colourful clothes and has performed in half a dozen music videos.
Based out of northern India, the sect runs 46 centres across India and the world.
Over the years, Singh has presented himself as a social reformer by organising cleanliness drives and blood donation camps.
In 2010, the sect organised a mass marriage w more than 1,000 followers “Volunteered” to marry sex workers.
In the trailer for one of them, MSG: Messenger of God, Singh is seen performing daredevil stunts, fighting aliens, ghosts and elephants and taking on villains.