New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed criminal proceedings against cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by portraying himself as a Hindu God on a magazine cover.
A bench comprising of justices Ranjan Gogoi and Prafulla C. Pant quashed proceedings against Dhoni, stating that a trial court in Karnataka erred and did not follow due procedure of law in summoning the cricketer.
“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.
Last year, the apex court had stayed the criminal proceedings against Dhoni on a complaint lodged for allegedly portraying himself as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover page.
Jayakumar Hiremath, a social activist had alleged that Dhoni was seen on the cover of a business magazine as Lord Vishnu, holding several things he endorsed, including a shoe in his hands. Dhoni was charged 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 Indian Penal Code.