Non-bailable warrant issued against India captain MS Dhoni

Non-bailable warrant issued against MS Dhoni by Anantpur court

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According to reports on Friday(January 8): A Local court in Anantapur(Andhra Pradesh) has issued a non-bailable warrant against Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his controversial magazine cover posing as Lord Vishnu in 2013.

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The hearing of the case has been adjourned till February 25, 2016.

Dhoni is currently in Australia to play 5 ODIs and 3 T20s against the hosts from January 12. The tour ends on January 31.

The Supreme Court in September 2015, had stayed criminal proceedings against Mahendra Singh Dhoni on a complaint lodged that had alleged that he hurt religious sentiments of people by posing as God Vishnu.

The Karnataka High Court had earlier observed in August 2015: “A celebrity and a cricketer like Dhoni should know the consequences of hurting religious sentiments of people. He should have known the consequences of doing such ads.”

The High Court also criticised, ” These celebrities are only signing ads without any responsibility. Their aim is to earn easy money without considering the problems it may create,” PTI quoted Justice A N Venugopal Gowda as saying in August last year.

In his Defence, Dhoni had said he did not pose as God. “I haven’t received any remuneration/goodwill or money for the news article or for usage of my picture on the cover page or anywhere else. Neither have I posed for the picture which was published in the magazine on April 14, 2013,” the Mahi had said.

The complaint was filed by social activist Jayakumar Hiremath, Dhoni had hurt Hindu people sentiments in 2013 for being on the magazine cover of Business Today as Pose of Lord Vishnu holding several products, including a shoe in hands. After the complaint, the case registered against him is under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The main things are here:

  1. Dhoni appeared in an advertisement on the cover of Business Today magazine as Lord Vishnu.
  2. The complaint was filed by social activist Jayakumar Hiremath against Dhoni.
  3. The case registered against him is under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  4. A Local court in Anantapur(Andhra Pradesh) has issued a non-bailable warrant.
  5. A Special Leave Petition was filed by Dhoni, Challenging the Karnataka High Court order last year.

 

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