Sawant’s spokesperson, on the other hand, said Sawant had surrendered. “Rakhi is with the police. She has surrendered,” spokesperson Parul Chawla told India Today.
The warrant was issued by a Ludhiana court on March 9 on the basis of a complaint filed against Sawant for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Valmiki community with her comments made on a programme on a private television channel last year, the police said.
The case was filed by an advocate, Narinder Adiya, in July 2016, following which Sawant had been summoned by the court, but failed to make an appearance despite the court issuing repeated summons.
Sawant’s allegedly controversial comments were in relation to the singer Mika Singh, accused in an assault case, who she said had had a transformation similar to Valmiki’s change – according to Indian mythology – from a robber to a sage.
“By doing so she has hurt the religious sentiments of a large number of his followers,” the complaint said.
In an interview with ANI, Sawant denied the charges and claimed she was being targeted because of her prominence in the film industry.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for April 10.
(with PTI inputs)