Rakhi Sawant’s spokesperson has said she has not been arrested, rather she has surrendered and left for Punjab. This comes even as Punjab Police denied that its team has arrested Rakhi, as reported by ANI earlier. Clearing the air, Dhruman Nimbale, DCP Ludhiana said, “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.”
A police party from Ludhiana was rushed to Mumbai after a local court issued non-bailable warrants against her in a case filed by Ludhiana based advocate Narinder Adiya for her alleged remarks on Maharishi Valmiki.
Ludhiana police commissioner Kunwar Vijay Partap said, “A team from Salem Tabri police station including a woman constable were sent to Mumbai as court issued non- bailable warrants against Rakhi Sawant. However our team wasn’t able to locate her and is on the way back. They are coming back via train and will reach Wednesday morning.”
Rakhi’s team had said that the actor left for Punjab via air. Meanwhile, Rakhi is expected to surrender before the court as per her spokesperson who claimed that ‘she would be visiting Punjab soon.’ Further updates are awaited.
The complainant advocate Adiya meanwhile said that if Rakhi fails to surrender, he will be moving an application in court to initiate PO proceedings against her.
“She is a celebrity who can be spotted easily. Ludhiana police did not take case seriously and is coming back empty handed without making any extra efforts to trace her. If she fails to surrender, we shall move application in court demanding that she should be declared a proclaimed offender,” he said.
The next date of hearing in the court is April 10.
Earlier, a local court in Ludhiana had issued an arrest warrant against Rakhi Sawant on March 9 based on a complaint lodged for her derogatory remarks against sage Valmiki, author of Hindu epic Ramayana. The case was filed in July 2016. The court had summoned Rakhi earlier but she never showed up. The court decided to issue a non-bailable warrant against the actor.
Denying the charges against her for allegedly making objectionable remarks, Rakhi told ANI earlier that she is an innocent person who believes in doing social work. “I am not Salman Khan, I am Rakhi Sawant. You won’t get anything by putting charges on me. I am a simple girl who does social work and work in movies,” she told ANI in an earlier interview.
While speaking about the controversy created in the name of Valmiki, the 38-year-old actress said that she used the example of Valmiki’s change of soul to explain the change in her friend and singer Mika Singh, when he was accused in an assault case. “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,” she said.
Reportedly, a warrant was issued against her on the basis of a complaint filed against her for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the Valmiki community with her comments. When she was asked about the warrant, Rakhi defied it by saying, “I did not receive any notice or summon in regard to the warrant. I too got to know from the media this morning that police is coming to arrest me, because allegedly I told something wrong against sage Valmiki. I respect him and Valmiki community a lot. I don’t know why I am being targeted.”
Adding, “When I got the news, I initially thought it was an April Fool prank. I don’t know why I am being targeted. May be because I belong to the film industry, I am an easy target. Finally, she concluded her explanation by saying, “Through ANI, I want to apologise to all the Valmiki community brothers and sisters, if I have hurt their sentiment. But this wasn’t my intention.”
(With inputs from ANI)