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Lord Vishnu cover row: SC quashes criminal complaint filed against Dhoni

20 April 2017

Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a criminal case against Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case related to hurting religious sentiments.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, quashed the criminal complaint registered against Dhoni.

The case, which dates back to 2013, seems to have finally seen its end with the apex court quashing the petition filed by Yerraguntla Shyam Sundar, a local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), in Andhra Pradesh, like it had done when a similar complaint was made in Karnataka.

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On 5 September past year, it had quashed a similar case lodged against Dhoni and others in Karnataka and set aside the High Court order which had refused to stall the proceedings against them. According to the agency, the Supreme Court said it would be a travesty of justice if the cricketer is prosecuted as he did not do it with malicious intentions. The court had already quashed the case against him in Karnataka after which he moved the court again to get another FIR quashed which was filed by a different person.

A court in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh had issued a non-bailable warrant against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

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The Karnataka High Court, however, refused to quash the case, prompting Dhoni to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. RPS will play next against David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22 at Pune.

It had also said the trial court in Karnataka did not follow the due procedure in summoning the cricketer and others in the case.

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Lord Vishnu cover row: SC quashes criminal complaint filed against Dhoni