08/01/2016 3:14 PM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:43 PM IST

Non-Bailable Warrant Issued Against MS Dhoni For Magazine Cover Showing Him As Lord Vishnu

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Former Indian captain M.S. Dhoni walks past the nets during cricket training at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 5, 2015. Australia are preparing to take on India in the fourth cricket Test starting on January 6. AFP PHOTO / William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

ANANTAPUR -- In an unpleasant news for Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a court in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh has issued a non-bailable warrant against him for allegedly 'denigrating' a Hindu god by posing as Lord Vishnu on the cover page of a magazine.

Dhoni has been asked to be present in court on 25 February in the controversial cover case.

In September last year, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the criminal proceedings against Dhoni and also issued notice to social activist Jayakumar Hiremath, who had filed the case against the cricketer.

Dhoni had earlier approached the apex court seeking quashing of a criminal case against him in the Karnataka High Court for allegedly outraging religious sentiments for his portrayal of Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover.

The Karnataka High Court, however, refused to quash the case, prompting Dhoni to file an appeal in the apex court.

Dhoni is currently in Australia to play five One Day International's and three T20Is against the hosts from January 12th to January 31st.


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