AP court issues arrest warrant against Dhoni for ‘God of Big Deals’
HYDERABAD: A court
in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Indian cricket
team captain MS Dhoni for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
A local court in
Anantapur issued the arrest warrant as Dhoni did not appear in the court
despite three summons served in the past. It directed police to present Dhoni
in the court on July 16. The case relates to a picture on the cover of a
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its April 2013 edition had carried the picture. Dhoni was portrayed as Hindu
god Vishnu with a sub title “God of Big Deals” and holding products of several
companies including a shoe in his hand.
Y Shyam Sunder, a
local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had filed a petition in the
court in February this year alleging that the cricketer hurt the sentiments of
Hindus by denigrating a Hindu god.
The summons issued
by the court to Dhoni on three occasions were returned. The court, which took
up the hearing Tuesday, issued the arrest warrant. Similar petitions against
Dhoni were filed in Delhi, Pune and other cities.