Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been issued with a non bailable warrant by an Anantapur court over his portrayal as Lord Vishnu in a magazine cover. He has been asked to be present in the court on February 25th.
Dhoni had appeared as God holding several things, including a shoe in his hands, for the cover of Business Today Magazine in 2013. This has prompted social activist Jayakumar Hiremath to file a case against the cricketer under sections 295 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The Karnataka High Court had earlier observed that celebrities like Dhoni should be careful of the ads they promote and the consequences of hurting religious sentiments of people.
Taking cognisance of the complaint filed by Mr. Hiremath, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) had registered 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 of the IPC. The ACMM had issued summons to Dhoni to appear before the court, which he did not and instead moved the High Court against its direction.