Supreme Court quashes case against MS Dhoni for portraying as God in magazine cover

The SC bench noted that the trial court in Karnataka erred in summoning Dhoni without following the due procedure of law.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2016 4:27 pm
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The Supreme Court, on Monday, quashed criminal proceedings against cricketer M S Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by portraying himself as God on a magazine cover. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi granted the relief to Dhoni after noting that the trial court in Karnataka erred in summoning the cricketer without following the due procedure of law.

“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. On September 14 2015, 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.

The court had also stayed the operation of the order of Karnataka High Court which had refused to stall the criminal proceedings against him. Dhoni had filed the Special Leave Petition challenging the Karnataka HC order.

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, 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. Later, the ACMM had issued summons to Dhoni to appear before the court, against which he moved the High Court.

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    Jaago
    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    Wonder if the SC had quashed such a plea if Dhoni was portra as Christ or Mohammed - even tho there are no likenesses of the latter.lt;br/gt;Just a photo shoot for crying out loud! Does the Katnataka HC have no other business than indulging in frivolous law suits?
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      ams
      Sep 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm
      Why us SC wasting time behind these chaman chu $iya cases??? Nothing else to do.
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        arc
        Sep 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm
        God P.I.S.S.N.U. was offended? Why?
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          Gudla Deepak
          Sep 5, 2016 at 8:35 am
          Dhoni is just a Demi-God, Sahin is the real god of Cricket.
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            Himanshu Himanshu
            Sep 5, 2016 at 10:26 am
            A case must be filed against those who file such ridiculous cases, while our judiciary is still over burdened with many real and serious issues.
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