The Supreme Court on Monday quashed criminal proceedings against India’s ODI captain MS Dhoni over his depiction as Hindu God Lord Vishnu on the cover of a magazine.
The top court noted that the trial court in Karnataka erred in summoning the cricketer without following the due procedure of law.
“We interfere with the order of the High Court and quash the proceedings, including the summoning order against the accused… we have taken note of the complaint and the offence alleged while passing this order,” a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
The apex court, on September 14, 2015, had stayed the criminal proceedings against Dhoni on a complaint lodged for allegedly portraying himself as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover page.
It also stayed the operation of the order of Karnataka High Court which had refused to stall the criminal proceedings against him. Dhoni had filed the Special Leave Petition challenging the Karnataka HC order.
A social activist, Jayakumar Hiremath, in the complaint, alleged that Dhoni was seen on the cover of a business magazine as Lord Vishnu, holding several things, including a shoe in his hands.