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Supreme Court quashes criminal proceedings against Dhoni
The Supreme Court has quashed a case against cricketer M S Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.

Criminal proceedings against Dhoni had been initiated for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by portraying as god Vishnu on a magazine cover.

The complaint was filed in Bangalore by a Karnataka social activist, Jayakumar Hiremath.

The case was filed against a picture released on the cover of a magazine in the year 2013. In the picture in question, Dhoni was seen holding several things in his hands, including a shoe.

Acting on the basis of the complaint, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) had ordered that case be registered 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. Later, the ACMM had issued summons to Dhoni to appear before the court.

Dhoni had approached the High Court to get relief from ACMM's order but the High Court had refused to stall the criminal proceedings in the case. Later, he had filed a Special Leave Petition challenging the Karnataka HC order.

"These celebrities are only signing ads without any responsibility. Their aim is to earn easy money without considering the problems it may create," the High Court had said.

Dhoni had then approached the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against him. He pleaded that the complaint filed against him was frivolous and the criminal proceedings be quashed.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi quashed the case and noted that the trial court in Karnataka had 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," the bench said.

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