Themorningbellbd.com desk, April 4: Punjab Police said on Tuesday they had not been able to arrest controversial actor Rakhi Sawant and were returning empty-handed from Mumbai.
“Rakhi is with the police. She has surrendered,” spokesperson Parul Chawla told IANS on telephone from Mumbai, claiming she had a WhatsApp conversation with the actor.
An arrest warrant against Sawant was issued by a Ludhiana court on March 9 after she failed to appear before it in a case filed against her for making “derogatory” remarks against sage Valmiki and hurting religious sentiments.
Ludhiana deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Dharuman Nimbale said Sawant was not arrested.
Narinder Adiya, an advocate, had lodged a complaint against Sawant in July 2016 for her remarks on a TV show.
Sawant, while talking to a private television channel, had claimed that Valmiki was a murderer but later became the author of Ramayana. She was talking about how people transform.
Comparing Valmiki to singer Mika Singh, who had forcibly kissed her during his birthday party in 2014, Sawant said the singer had “changed” for good just like the Hindu sage.
A court in Ludhiana had issued an arrest warrant after the 38-year-old failed to appear before it on March 9 in a case accusing her of making derogatory remarks against Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana which chronicles the life and times of Hindu God Rama.
A Punjab Police team arrested Rakhi Sawant at her Mumbai home.
The case will be heard next on April 10.
Rakhi Sawant is best known for appearances in reality TV shows like Bigg Boss and Rakhi Ka Swayamwar. She has also acted in many Bollywood films but her outrageous comments have often drawn more attention.
In 2014, Rakhi Sawant tried her hand at politics and contested the general elections from the Mumbai North West constituency as an Independent candidate.