New Delhi: A local court in the town of Anantapur on Friday directed the issuance of a non-bailable warrant against Mahendra Singh Dhoni relating to a magazine cover case, where his morphed picture represented Hindu god Vishnu.
The picture of Indian ODI captain appeared on the cover page of Business Today magazine in April 2013 under the caption: “GOD OF BIG DEALS”. Dhoni has been asked to appear before the court on 25th February for the case, failing which he would be arrested.
According to the Indian Express, on September 2015, the Supreme Court had halted any further criminal proceedings against Dhoni. However, the Karnataka High Court refused to dissolve the case, and therefore, prompted Dhoni to file an appeal in the apex court.
Upon claims from Shyam Sunder — a local VHP leader who filed a petition against Dhoni and the newsmagazine — that the portrayal of cricketer as a Hindu god hurt Hindu sentiments, the district court had in June 2014 issued bailable warrants summoning Dhoni and the magazine editor Chaitanya Kalbag, Hindustan Times reported.
However, the lawyer of Dhoni, Rajneesh Chopra, insisted that he (Dhoni) never received summons from a local court in Andhra Pradesh that he has been accused; and that there has been error in the issuance of non-bailable warrant.
By: Mayank Mohanti