The controversy surrounding the marriage of a BJP MLA's daughter in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, has taken a new turn.
Now, the priest of the Ram Janki temple has denied that he had solemnized the marriage of BJP MLA's daughter Sakshi and Ajitesh Kumar, who is a Dalit.
The couple had posted the marriage certificate on social media to assert that they were married. The certificate showed that the marriage was solemnized at the famous Ram Janki temple in Prayagraj on July 4.
Sakshi and Ajitesh are on run, alleging that Rajesh Mishra and his 'goons' are out to kill them for going against the wishes of her family. The couple have already moved the Allahabad High Court and sought police protection.
The chief priest of the Ram Janki temple, Mahant Parshuram Singh, has, however, denied that he had solemnized the marriage and alleged that the certificate was fake.
Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court has fixed July 15 for hearing of a petition filed by the couple who went into hiding, fearing threat to their lives form the BJP MLA and his henchmen.
Harish Kumar, father of Ajitesh Kumar, said that he had no knowledge of the whereabouts of the couple and added that he and his family have also left Bareilly, fearing a threat to their lives.
He said that his son Ajitesh had sent him the video clip on basis of which he had informed the police that the couple faced a threat to their lives.
"Ajitesh and Sakshi have not got in touch with me after that and I am apprehensive about their safety," he added.
BJP MLA Rajesh Misra on Thursday said that his daughter was an adult and free to take her own decisions. He denied having threatened her with dire consequences. He said he was concerned about the age difference between the husband and wife and also the boy not having any proper employment.
(With Inputs from IANS)