The Supreme Court stays criminal proceeding against MS Dhoni
The Supreme Court stays Criminal proceeding against MS Dhoni
The Supreme Court of India on Monday snapped the plea of Indian cricketer MS Dhoni to remove the criminal proceeding has been registered for hurting religious sentiments, but Dhoni said he has never posed as the Lord Vishnu for the cover page photo of that Business Magazine.
A Bench led by Justice Ghosh also issued a notice to the petitioner Jayakumar Hiremath, who filed a complaint against him for an offense under Section 295A.
Earlier, the Karnataka High Court refused to provide any relief to the cricketer, following which Dhoni has filed a Special Leave Petition challenging the HC’s order in the SC. The Karnataka High refused to hear him under Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code for quashing of the criminal proceeding.
Earlier, justice AN Venugopal Gowda said, “Dhoni can approach the session court the matter. He has given time till September 14 to file a revision before that court.”
“I haven’t received any remuneration goodwill or money for the news article or for usage of my picture on the cover page or anywhere else. Neither have I posed for the picture which was published in the magazine on April 14, 2013,” Dhoni was quoted as saying in the report.
The case has been filed by Jayakumar Hiremath, a social activist had alleged that Dhoni is seen on the cover of Business Today as Lord Vishnu, holding several consumer goods, including a shoe in his hand. “A celebrity and a cricketer like Dhoni should know the consequences of hurting the religious sentiments of people. He should have known the consequences of doing such ads,” Justice AN Venugopal Gowda said in his oral observation, earlier.
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