Indian court orders arrest of cricket star portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2014
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni catches the ball during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against the West Indies at The Oval cricket ground in London June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown

(India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni catches the ball during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against the West Indies at The Oval cricket ground in London June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown)

An Indian court has issued an arrest warrant against national cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus, according to local media reports.

The case was filed last year against the 32-year-old after the cover of an Indian magazine last year carried a picture of him portrayed as the Hindu god Vishnu.

The bailable warrant was issued on Tuesday after Dhoni failed to appear before the court despite three summons. The next date of hearing has been set for July 16.

Dhoni is currently touring with the Indian squad in England, where the team will play five tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international.

– by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai

via Cricket-Indian court issues arrest warrant against Dhoni | Reuters.

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The use of the name of God in public domain whether, Krishna, Ram, Vishnu, Mahadev,is not a good example to set. It may be used in a malicious way. So I suggest that the court point this out to Dhoni, and ask him to refrain. Final reconciliation is between his God and himself, and that is not in our hands.

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