Relief for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as SC stays criminal proceedings



The Supreme Court on 29 January stayed criminal proceedings against MS Dhoni in an Andhra Pradesh court for posing as Lord Vishnu for a magazine, which had sparked a controversy.

The SC stay has come as a big relief to Dhoni, who is presently away in Australia leading the Indian team for an ODI and a T20 series.

The court also sought the Andhra Pradesh police’s reply on Dhoni’s petition where he asked for the transfer of the case from Anantapur to Bengaluru.

Earlier, a court in Anantapur had issued a non-bailable warrant against Dhoni for posing as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover, which social activist Jayakumar Hiremath said hurt the Hindus’ religious sentiments. He had filed a complaint against Dhoni under Sections 295 and 34 of the IPC.

Dhoni’s Delhi-based counsels Rajanish Chopra and Pankaj averred before magistrate Geetavani in Anantapur court that the cricketer has not received the non-bailable warrant. The court accepting their argument recalled its order.

Meanwhile, advocate Vishnuvardhan Reddy had filed a ‘vakalatnama’ in order to plead Dhoni’s case.