03/04/2017 11:33 AM IST | Updated 04/04/2017 4:24 PM IST

Arrest Warrant Issued Against Rakhi Sawant For Calling Valmiki A Murderer

"A two-member team of the Ludhiana police has left for Mumbai with the arrest warrant."

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LUDHIANA -- A local court in Ludhiana has issued an arrest warrant against Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant for allegedly making objectionable remarks against sage Valmiki, who wrote the mythological Hindu epic Ramayana.

The warrant was issued on 9 March on the basis of a complaint filed against her for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Valmiki community with her comments on a programme on a private television channel last year, police said on Sunday.

"By doing so she has hurt the religious sentiments of a large number of his followers," the complaint said.

"A two-member team of the Ludhiana police has left for Mumbai with the arrest warrant," a police official said.

Last year, Sawant, while talking to a private television channel, had claimed that Valmiki once was a murderer but later wrote the Ramayana. The actress was giving an example of how people and their situations change. Comparing Valmiki to singer Mika Singh who had forcibly kissed her during his birthday bash in 2014, Sawant said that like the Hindu sage, the singer had also now "changed" and was "innocent".

Sawant had failed to appear before the court during the last hearing held on 9 March despite the court issuing her repeated summons.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled for 10 April.

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