In­dia court quashes Dhoni’s ‘god’ case

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NEW DELHI - In­dia’s top court quashed crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day against one-day in­ter­na­tional cap­tain Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni over a mag­a­zine cover de­pict­ing him as a Hindu god.

The Supreme Court said a lower court in south­ern Kar­nataka state had wrongly sum­moned Dhoni over the case, one of sev­eral brought mainly by Hindu na­tion­al­ists ac­cus­ing him of hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments.

“(We) quash the pro­ceed­ings in­clud­ing the sum­mon­ing or­der against the ac­cused... we have taken note of the com­plaint and the of­fence al­leged while pass­ing this or­der,” a bench headed by Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi said, ac­cord­ing to the Press Trust of In­dia.

T h con­tro­versy dates back to 2013 e when Busi­ness To­day mag­a­zine ran a draw­ing por­tray­ing Dhoni as Hindu god Vishnu, hold­ing var­i­ous prod­ucts rep­re­sent­ing his wide-rang­ing en­dorse­ment deals, in­clud­ing a shoe. Hindu na­tion­al­ists lodged crim­i­nal com­plaints to po­lice against him in dif­fer­ent parts of the re­li­giously di­verse but Hindu-ma­jor­ity coun­try, although most were later dis­missed. The Supreme Court stayed crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against Dhoni last year af­ter he ap­pealed against the case in the Kar­nataka High Court lodged by an ac­tivist - be­fore the top court quashed the pro­ceed­ings on Mon­day. The top court also stayed in Jan­uary an ar­rest war­rant is­sued for Dhoni by a lower court in south­ern Andhra Pradesh state for fail­ing to an­swer re­peated sum­mons to ap­pear there over the same is­sue.— AFP.

Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni

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