India's top court quashes Dhoni's 'God' case

Business Today magazine had run the drawing in 2013. It showed Dhoni (as the Hindu god Vishnu) holding various products including a shoe representing his wide-ranging endorsement deals. Photograph:( Getty )

AFP New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 05, 2016, 11.38 AM (IST)
India's top court Supreme Court (SC) said that the lower court in southern Karnataka state had wrongly summoned India's One Day International (ODI) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"(We) 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, Press Trust of India reported. 

The Hindu nationalists had accused Dhoni of hurting religious sentiments in the Business Today cover where he appears as the Hindu god Vishnu. The drawing shows Dhoni holding a packet of chips, a cellphone, a soft drink -- and a shoe -- among other products representing his endorsement deals.

Dhoni had appealed to the SC last year for overturning a court order by southern Karnataka's high court, that had refused to stall the criminal proceedings against him. The apex court had then quashed the Karnataka high court order and stayed the proceedings against him.

The Supreme Court had also ordered a stay of the non-bailable warrant against the skipper issued by a court in southern Andhra Pradesh state in January.