The apex court's order might have worked as a breather for Dhoni ahead of the marathon cricket season. Team India would play against South Africa and the series would be held in Oct 2015.
Earlier Karnataka High Court criticised Dhoni and refused to quash the case against the cricketer. The court had said, "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."
The complaint, filed by social activist Jayakumar Hiremath, had alleged that Dhoni was seen on the cover of a business magazine as Lord Vishnu, holding several things, including a shoe in his hands.
Taking cognisance of the complaint filed by Hiremath, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) had registered a case against Dhoni under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) along with 34 of the IPC.
Later, the ACMM had issued summons to Dhoni to appear before the court, which he did not and instead moved the High Court against its direction.