Dhoni faces a googly as court issues arrest warrant

Indian skipper called by Andhra Pradesh court, as ?God of Big Deals? controversy takes a U-turn

GN Bureau | June 25, 2014



An Andhra Pradesh court has created a buzz by issuing an arrest warrant against the captain of Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This action has come pertaining to the case of depiction of the Indian captain as Lord Vishnu in a business magazine’s cover page.

Angered over Dhoni’s failure to receive the summons in the case, the court issued arrest warrant against the Team India skipper. Business Today magazine, stoked a big time controversy by publishing a morphed picture of Dhoni titled “God of Big Deals” signifying him as Lord Vishnu with footwear’s in this new-age god’s hands. This creativity of the magazine to depict Dhoni’s meteoric rise as new lord of commercial endorsements, brought troubles for the magazine as well as Dhoni.

Taking down the article seriously, the outraged members of Vishva Hindu Parishad approached to Ananthpur District court last year and demanded stern action against Dhoni and the magazine editor for hurting the Hindu sentiments.

The court has ordered the district police to produce the Indian skipper before it on July 16th. Simultaneously, warrant has also been issued against the editor of the magazine.

One of the VHP leaders, Shyam Sunder, stated, “The district SC/ST court issued arrest warrant against Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a cover-page article published in Business Today magazine in 2013, Dhoni was depicted as Lord Vishnu but with footwear in his hands, thus hurting the sentiments of Hindus. . The court has served summons on Dhoni thrice so far but with the cricketer refusing to receive them, the SC/ST court judge Vijaya Kumar issued the arrest warrant against him.”

With all such fluttering around, the queries and arguments may arise as to why the Indian skipper is being deliberately dragged in this controversy? Since the decision for using the morphed picture of Dhoni lies completely on the part of the magazine. The consequential events would be stimulating as of what will be the next move of the Indian skipper – for or against the rules of law?

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