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An Indian court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.

Indian news media reports stated that a local court in Andhra Pradesh issued the warrant after Dhoni failed to appear in court despite being summoned on three occasions.

The police has been directed to present Dhoni in court on July 16.

  MS Dhoni appeared in the Business Today magazine posing as Hindu god Vishnu
MS Dhoni appeared in the Business Today magazine posing as Hindu god Vishnu

The case relates to a picture on the cover of an Indian magazine Business Today which carried a picture of Dhoni portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu in its April 2013 edition. The picture bore the sub title "God of Big Deals", with the cricketing legend holding products of several companies including a shoe in his hand.

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 on Tuesday, issued the arrest warrant.

Similar petitions against Dhoni were filed in Delhi, Pune and other cities.

Also read: Dhoni, Raina under scanner in IPL spot-fixing?

Dhoni is among six prominent “Indian capped” players likely to face the heat for their alleged roles in a fixing scandal with their names cropping up in a report filed before the Supreme Court by a committee probing the Indian Premiere League (IPL) betting and spot-fixing scam.

In its report, the three-member committee said that former BCCI President I.S. Bindra had also stated that he knew two former reputed Indian players who were allegedly involved in match-fixing.

According to a report submitted to Justice Mukul Mudgal by G. Sampath Kumar (SP, Railways, Trichy), Kumar had carried out an investigation as SP, Crime Branch CID (internal security) and came in touch with bookies when investigating a fake passport case in 2013. He had submitted the report to Justice Mudgal and top cricketers like M.S. Dhoni and Suresh Raina’s names came up in the report.

Justice Mudgal did not give clean chit to anyone but said further investigation needs to be done on spot and match-fixing. But the current focus on just betting is raising questions as to whether senior players are being deliberately shielded and a cover-up is in place.

Comments (39) Closed

Azad Sundar Jun 24, 2014 03:23pm

Non issue . Hindus are liberal enough to digest such things .

Dr haroon Jun 24, 2014 03:34pm

What a stupid front page picture, dumb idea.

JQ Jun 24, 2014 03:35pm

Let see , will Dhoni is going to arrested or he will also be let free like Umar Akmal and no one will goes behind the bar. Umar Akmal FIR registered and nothing happens but here, No FIR and court orders to arrest Dhoni so lets see...

MMM Jun 24, 2014 04:02pm

I guess India is trying to compete with Pakistan. Please don't!!!!

samad Jun 24, 2014 04:03pm

Ridiculous! In all of Indian movies and dramas they dipict they gods and often ridicule them. Nobody have ever seen any person other than hindus make fun of their gods and impersonate their gods. Its happening since long. Non of hindu had ever thought about the respect of their gods ever before and never recorded his protest against this. Today they have realised that respect is also for their gods.

Sunil USA Jun 24, 2014 04:10pm

The arrest warrent should be against the person who drew the picture Not Dhoni.

Kunal Prasad Jun 24, 2014 04:11pm

What Dhoni has to do with this picture,its so ridiculous ?If at all arrest the Magazine editor or publisher

Shahzad Karachi Jun 24, 2014 04:33pm

@Sunil USA No arrest the guy who created this idea Dhoni just worked for money

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jun 24, 2014 04:35pm

@Azad Sundar

Are u sure? Because as of now your so called liberal people/court have issued an arrest warrant for your national hero.

Rizwan Jun 24, 2014 04:36pm

whats dhoni's involvement in this picture ? he didn't created this picture himself.. arrest magazine editor and designer for this..stupid case it is..petitioner and Judge both are pathetic.

Rizwan Jun 24, 2014 04:46pm

dhoni is not responsible for this..use ur common sense Mr Judge...he didn't created this front page

Shahryar Shirazi Jun 24, 2014 05:01pm

I thought this kind of stupidity was only in our country ...

satender Jun 24, 2014 05:17pm

Not "for posing in Vishnu avatar." but for contempt of court.. he missed three hearings..

AReluctantPakistani Jun 24, 2014 05:17pm

Good. Perhaps because of this people will understand the stupidity of such laws.

John Young Jun 24, 2014 05:18pm

@Sunil USA - Dhoni is the one who pocket the money!

Shri Jun 24, 2014 05:21pm

Much ado about nothing. The judge issued warrants for not appearing before court, not that it agrees with petitioner.

SREE Jun 24, 2014 05:24pm

dhoni didnt got arrest warrant coz of this picture,,, someone filed a case against dhoni, and Dhoni failed to appear in court despite being summoned on three occasions. thts y he got arrest warrant,,,,

Hindu Jun 24, 2014 05:24pm

I'm a Hindu And he hasn't hurt my sentiments.

haris Jun 24, 2014 05:32pm

'Liberals' thats what they call themselves... hah!

Farzana Jun 24, 2014 07:30pm

What has happened to SECULAR India? So the temple pundits are incharge of the lives of 1.2 billion people now just like the mullah in Pakistan.

Allaisa Jun 24, 2014 07:42pm

The judge is an idiot. It is the magazine that hurt the feelings and not Dhoni. Case will be dismissed and the higher courts will pass strictures against the magistrate for issuing the warrant.

Raj Patel. Jun 24, 2014 07:55pm

Courts have time to issue arrest warrants for frivolous cases brought up for stupid things while more serious court cases drag on for years because courts are busy. What a sorry judicial system with up side down priorities.

Pak Soul Jun 24, 2014 08:19pm

@MMM India has a long standing history of religious intolerance against Sikhs, Christians and Muslims. Pakistan is way behind.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 24, 2014 09:24pm

What a joke? Why doesn't it issue arrest warrants for hundreds of criminal members of the Indian parliament instead?

nasir Jun 24, 2014 10:59pm

Poor Rich boy.

ishan chauhan Jun 24, 2014 11:32pm

Now imagine a Pakistani player doing something offensive to his religion.

sanyam Jun 25, 2014 01:44am

More the person gets popular the risk of getting into trouble becomes more..example Honey Singh. People find ways to criticise famous people. Its the nature, another example is Samsung being the world leader is criticised the most...

ishan chauhan Jun 25, 2014 09:43am

We are not like"others" to be fooled in the name of religion.

samad Jun 25, 2014 10:18am

@ishan chauhan

Not only Pakistani player non of muslim can even imagin to be offensive of try to impersonate any respectable figures in Islam.

SSP Jun 25, 2014 02:33pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan, It's only for Publicity.

SSP Jun 25, 2014 02:39pm

@Shahryar Shirazi , It's for contempt of court as he didn't appear thrice.

ansh Jun 25, 2014 02:46pm

courts already piled up with no of cases. why to increase burden again for such non issue.

Dhirendra Yashodev Bhat Jun 25, 2014 03:10pm

@Shahryar Shirazi That shows we are one.

Lalat Jun 25, 2014 03:48pm

Do not get worked up. This is a non-issue & nothing will come out of it.

samad Jun 25, 2014 05:07pm

@Azad Sundar

Your court and petitioner both have a clear contradiction with your statement

samad Jun 25, 2014 05:10pm


What was the actual reason for which he was being called by the court?

samad Jun 26, 2014 11:30am


These are two different cases. Umer Akmal didnot commit the blasphemy and even he never can imagin to do so. You cannot compare apple with mango. You must have to compare apple with apple.

Balu Jun 26, 2014 04:33pm

@Dr haroon If you see it from creativity point of view, it seems like a good idea.

Balu Jun 26, 2014 04:35pm

@Azad Sundar Agreed. A few hundred thousand time, Agreed.