Dhoni booked for hurting religious sentiments

Court directs police to present cricketer on July 16

ANANTAPUR, India – A court in Andhra Pradesh issued an arrest warrant against Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus, Indo-Asian News Service reported on Tuesday.

The court issued the arrest warrant as Dhoni did not appear in the court despite three summons served in the past. It directed the police to present Dhoni before the court on July 16. The case relates to a picture on the cover of the Business Today in its April 2013 edition.

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 February this year, alleging that the cricketer hurt 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 on Tuesday, issued the arrest warrant. Similar petitions against Dhoni were filed in Delhi, Pune and other cities on the issue.

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