A local court in Ludhiana had issued an arrest warrant against Hindi film actor Rakhi Sawant for allegedly making objectionable remarks against sage Valmiki, who wrote the mythological Hindu epic Ramayana. Now, as per television reports, Sawant has been arrested by the Punjab police.
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The warrant was issued on 9 March on the basis of a complaint filed by advocate Narinder Adiya against her for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Valmiki community with her comments on a programme on a private television channel last year, police said today.
However, in a complete flip flop of events, the DCP of Ludhiana tells Indian Express that no arrest has been made as of now. "There has been no arrest of Rakhi Sawant by Ludhiana Police in Mumbai. Four-member team sent there is scheduled to return Wednesday morning and is in train currently," he said.
Hindustan Times reports that the Punjab police went to Mumbai to arrest Sawant but could not trace her at her residence.
Occupants of that flat told the police that Sawant never stayed there. The police returned to Ludhiana to report it to the court. The next hearing of the case is on 10 April.
Meanwhile, Sawant apologised in a video in which she claims that her statement was based on what she learnt about Valmiki in school. She adds that she did not want to hurt any sentiments and apologises unconditionally to members of the Valmiki community.
ABP News quotes Sawant clarifying her stance on the issue, "I just gave an example from what I have read in my childhood. Just like Valmiki, who got changed from being a robber to a saint, Mika ji also has changed. It was just an example."
Sawant was referring to the episode when Singh, who had forced a kiss on Sawant's lips years ago, was accused in an assault case last year.
With inputs from PTI.
Published Date: Apr 03, 2017 05:25 pm | Updated Date: Apr 04, 2017 05:28 pm