In a relief for MS Dhoni, the Supreme Court on Monday quashed criminal proceeding against the Indian skipper for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by portraying as a god on a magazine cover in 2013.
Dhoni, 35 was accused for allegedly “denigrating” and “hurting” the religious sentiments of Hindus by portraying as Lord Vishnu in one of the magazine cover. Subsequently, social activist Jayakumar Hiremath filed a complaint against him and he was registered by Choori Khan, the 6th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate under section 295 injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) along with 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
In his complaint Hiremath wrote that the magazine cover showed Dhoni holding multiple things in his hands, one of them being a shoe, which could hurt religious feelings. The Karnataka High Court, acting on a petition filed by Hiremath, had said last year, “A celebrity and a cricketer like Dhoni should know the consequences of hurting religious sentiments of people…These celebrities only sign ads without any responsibility. Their aim is to earn easy money without considering the problems it may create.”
In January 2016, a local court in Andhra Pradesh issued a non-bailable warrant against the Indian skipper and was ordered to appear in the court on February 25.