A city court on Friday issued an arrest warrant against Union minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo in connection with a case filed by the police on a complaint by a Trinamool Congress MLA.

Acting on a charge sheet filed by the Kolkata Police yesterday, the Alipore court issued a bailable arrest warrant against Supriyo.

The Union minister had been summoned thrice in connection with the case, but each time he failed to appear citing a variety of reasons, according to a Kolkata police officer.

TMC MLA Mohua Moitra had on January 4 lodged a complaint against Supriyo alleging that the BJP MP had "used words" intended to "insult her modesty" during a live show on a TV channel.

In the complaint she also alleged that Supriyo had tried to make fun of her name by linking it to 'Mohua', a local drink, in the TV show on January 3.

The police had also submitted a footage of the TV programme in which the remarks were allegedly made, the police officer said.

Supriyo, however, could not be immediately contacted for response. Meanwhile, Moitra said, "Law will take its own course and I've faith in our judiciary.