The Supreme Court Friday stayed criminal proceedings pending before an Andhra Pradesh court against Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case against him for allegedly portraying himself as Lord Vishnu in an advertisement.
A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra issued a notice to complainant Yerraguntla Shyam Sundar, who had asked for invocation of penal charges against Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The court also issued a notice on transfer of the criminal case from a court in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, to Bengaluru in Karnataka, where a similar case is pending. It will hear the case after eight weeks.
Earlier, the SC had stayed criminal proceedings against the cricketer in a similar case against him in a Bengaluru court and had also stayed the operation of Karnataka High Court order that refused to stall the proceedings.