Cricket

Indian court issues arrest warrant for Dhoni

2016-01-09 09:20
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (File)

Hyderabad - A court in southern India has issued an arrest warrant for one-day international captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni over a magazine cover depicting him as a Hindu god.

The court in Andhra Pradesh state granted the non-bailable warrant on Friday saying skipper Dhoni failed to answer repeated summons in the case, brought by a Hindu nationalist accusing him of hurting religious sentiments.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) member filed the complaint in 2013 after Business Today magazine ran a drawing portraying Dhoni as Hindu god Vishnu holding various products representing his wide-ranging endorsement deals.

"Dhoni was depicted as holding shoes, Lays chips, Pepsi," Gopal Rao, a lawyer for petitioner Yerraguntla Shyamsundar, told AFP. "Mr Shyamsundar filed a case as it hurt sentiments of Hindus.

"The court took a serious view of (his) absence and issued the warrants," he added.

However, Dhoni's manager denied receiving any summons.

"Dhoni was never served with the summons at home nor received. I am very surprised that warrants have been issued," Arun Pandey told AFP.

The next date of hearing has been scheduled for February 25, a week before the T20 World Cup in India.

The Supreme Court in 2014 had stayed criminal proceedings against the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, who is currently in Australia to play in a series of limited-over international matches.

Read more on:    india  |  mahendra singh dhoni  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 103rd Tour de France is all systems GO! Follow the pain, struggles and ultimate joy as the world's best riders put their talents to the test over 21 stages.

Latest blogs
Vote

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.