Relief for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as SC stays criminal proceedings

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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.