New Delhi, Sep 5: In a major relief for India's ODI captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Supreme Court today (September 5) quashed a criminal case against him. A case had been filed against Dhoni after he was depicted as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover.
While holding that the procedure contemplated for initiating such a criminal case was not complied with a Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, quashed the criminal case against Dhoni. The bench also stated that the trial court had erred in summoning Dhoni without following the due process of law. (Dhoni sets world record)
"We interfere with the order of the High Court and quash the proceedings including the summoning order against the accused... we have taken note of the complaint and the offence alleged while passing this order" the bench said.
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.
The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) had directed registration of 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 (common intention) of the IPC.