Punjab court issues arrest warrant against Rakhi Sawant

A court in Ludhiana (India) has rejected the bail application of actor Rakhi Sawant and issued a fresh arrest warrant against her for failing to appear in the court in a case of hurting the sentiments of the Hindu Valmiki community.

Rakhi’s lawyers have moved an application in a district sessions court seeking an extension of the bail on the plea that she could not appear in the court as she was in the USA. The district sessions judge had on August 5 granted anticipatory bail to the actress on the condition that she would surrender before the trial court on August 7 and furnish surety bonds to the satisfaction of the court.

An advocate had filed a complaint against Sawant on July 9 last year, claiming her comments — allegedly made on a private television channel — had hurt the sentiments of the Valmiki community. The actress had tendered “an unconditional apology” to the Valmiki community after its members voiced outrage over her alleged remarks.

Earlier, Rakhi had apologised for her comments on the Valmiki community. “I never meant to hurt anyone. However, if I did it in ignorance, I seek an apology from the people,” she said last month when the actor had a hearing in Ludhiana court but failed to make an appearance after she missed her flight from Mumbai due to the foot injury.

The actor had called sage Valmiki a murderer during a TV interview.

The Indian Express reported.