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Indian court issues non-bailable arrest warrants for MS Dhoni

MUMBAI: A local court in India has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Indian star cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

According to India media, the case against Dhoni relates to his morphed picture in form of Lord Vishnu on the cover of Business Today magazine in April 2013 (GOD OF BIG DEALS) holding a shoe among other products he was endorsing.

The court ordered Dhoni’s arrest if he does not appear before it on February 25.

Claiming the portrayal of the popular cricketer as a deity hurts Hindu sentiments, Shyam Sunder, a local VHP leader had filed a petition against Dhoni and the newsmagazine in the district court.

The court had in June 2014 issued bailable warrants summoning Dhoni and the magazine editor Chaitanya Kalbag.

In 2015, the case shifted to the court of the additional judicial first class magistrate which issued fresh summons in November to Kalbag and Dhoni, said Gopal Rao, the advocate representing Shyamsundar.

“The police would have to produce Dhoni in the court on February 25,” said the lawyer.

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