Rakhi Sawant absconding, not arrested, says Punjab Police; her team says she has surrendered

The court in Punjab had issued the arrest warrant after the actress failed to appear before it on March 9 in a case filed against her for allegedly making derogatory remarks against sage Valmiki.

The Punjab Police police denied the arrest of Rakhi Sawant, the controversial TV and Bollywood actor, following an arrest warrant issued by a court.

But a spokesperson for the TV and Bollywood actress said she has surrendered. "Rakhi is with the police. She has surrendered," spokesperson Parul Chawla said on telephone from Mumbai, claiming she had a Whatsapp conversation with the controversial actress.

Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said, "There is no confirmation on her arrest. Non bailable warrant had been issued by Ludhiana court against Rakhi Sawant, Ludhiana police has gone to Mumbai."

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Dharuman Nimbale said a police team which had gone to Mumbai to execute the arrest warrant against Rakhi was returning as they failed to find her at the given address.

He said the Ludhiana police will seek fresh directions from the court for further action.

The court in Punjab had issued the arrest warrant after the actress failed to appear before it on March 9 in a case filed against her for allegedly making derogatory remarks against sage Valmiki.

The complainant had accused Rakhi of hurting the religious sentiments of the Valmiki community. The case will be next heard on April 10.

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