Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a criminal case against Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case related to hurting religious sentiments.
The top court took Dhoni's petition for quashing criminal proceedings against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by portraying himself as a God on a magazine cover. "We quash the complaint proceedings initiated against the petitioner (Dhoni)", the bench said.
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Another bench of the apex court had in September a year ago quashed an identical complaint filed by another complainant before a court in Bengaluru. The bench was of the opinion that it would be grossly unfair to proceed against the cricketer as well as the editor of the magazine, who was also facing a similar charge as Dhoni. The apex court explained that it would be unjust if Dhoni were to be prosecuted for something that had no malicious intent. Taking cognisance of the complaint, the trial court in Karnataka 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.
Dhoni was forced to approach the Supreme Court when the controversy regarding the sensitive issue led to an arrest warrant being issued against the wicketkeeper-batsman by a local court in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.
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The controversial magazine cover had been released in the April 2013 edition of "Business Today" magazine which showed Dhoni as Lord Vishnu using multiple hands to hold various objects.
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