The Anantapur Court today issued a non-bailable warrant against Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni over a controversial advertisement published in a magazine in 2013.
The warrant against Dhoni has been issued against an offensive advertisement published on a magazine cover that portrayed the Indian skipper as Lord Vishnu. This at that time could have been in respect to the unstoppable winning streak of the Indian Cricket team under his captaincy.
This case against Dhoni has been in the courts for quite some time, but this time around it’s a non-bailable warrant.
Dhoni had said that the case was filed to harass him, as it was frivolous in nature. He also maintained that he had not personally pose for the image. Dhoni on his part had approached the Supreme Court in 2015.
The court has earlier issued a summons to the Indian skipper following a petition filed by a VHP leader stating that the cover story in that magazine hurt religious sentiments. The Indian captain did not heed to those summons failing which a non-bailable warrant has now been issued against him.
This issue was also bought up in the Karnataka High Court where it observed that a celebrity and cricketer like Dhoni should have known the consequences before doing this advertisement. If Dhoni was aware of the outcome of this advertisement, he may not have allowed it. The court also said that celebrities were signing advertisements without any responsibilities.