India court quashes cricket captain Dhoni´s ´Hindu God´ case

India court quashes cricket captain Dhoni´s ´Hindu God´ case

India court quashes cricket captain Dhoni´s ´Hindu God´ case

Supreme Court quashes criminal proceedings against Indian Cricketer MS Dhoni: On Monday, The Supreme Court finally dismissed the year long against cricketer M S Dhoni for supposedly harming religious feelings by imitating as God on a circular cover. The cricketer pleaded that complaint filed against him was frivolous and the criminal proceedings needed to be quashed. Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Shyam Sunder had filed a petition against him and the magazine in the Anantpur district court, claiming that the portrayal had hurt Hindu sentiments.

The 35-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has just had an unsuccessful T20 campaign in the United States, where India lost a two-match T20 global series 1-0 to West Indies.

The complaint had been filed by social activist Jayakumar Hiremath who had alleged that Dhoni was seen on the cover as Lord Vishnu, holding several things, including a shoe in his hands.

The quashing of the criminal case will come as a relief to India's limited overs captain. He had, therefore, submitted that there is no mens rea attributable to him and thus, he can not be held responsible for hurting the religious sentiments of any individual. Dhoni had appealed for the Special Leave supplication against the Karnataka HC order.

Later, the ACMM had issued summons to Dhoni to appear before the court, against which he had moved the High Court.

Dhoni had contended that no such sanction was obtained in the instant case and yet the CMM proceeded to take cognizance of the complaint.

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