New Delhi: Ved Pratap Vaidik, Baba Ramdev's close aide, sparked off a major controversy after his pictures with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed emerged on the social media.
The photograph shows Vaidik engrossed in a deep conversation with Saeed.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "Ved Pratap Vedik meets Hafiz Sayeed. Any reaction on Social Media ? Did he go as an Envoy of NDA Govt or as a personal Envoy of PM?"
Vaidik later played down his meeting saying that he also met Nawaz Sharif and many other leaders from Pakistan.
Vaidik said he met Saeed as a journalist. "A journalist must meet all kinds of people," he defended.
"I wanted to prove him wrong and influence his thinking," he added.
He said when he asked Saeed on his views on a possible visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the terror leader said he would "welcome him".
The images that are doing rounds on the social networks are likely to put the yoga guru Baba Ramdev in an embarrassing spot.
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed had orchestrated the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Just days after his organisation was declared a terror outfit by the US, Saeed addressed a seminar at the Lahore High Court plooting against India and America.
This is the second time that Saeed, who is the founder of banned terror organisation Laskar-e-Taiba, has addressed lawyers and others within the court premises this year.