A Vishwa Hindu Parishad follower on Monday filed a petition in the Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate court in Anantapur against Indian cricket team’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the editor of Business Today magazine, Chaitanya Kalbag.
The petitioner, Yerraguntla Shyam Sundar, who projected himself as a businessman and a staunch believer of Hinduism and Indian culture, petitioned that his religious sentiments were hurt when he witnessed the “main page of the magazine”, which had a painting printed on it where Mahendra Singh Dhoni “posed” as Lord Vishnu with many arms carrying each of the products he endorsed.
The petitioner urged the court to punish the accused – M.S.Dhoni and Chaitanya Kalbag – under section 200 of the Criminal Procedure code besides sections 295-A, 298 and 499 of the Indian Penal Code.
It was further argued that the accused deliberately and with malicious intent outraged the feeling of Hindus at large and that they had violated the rights guaranteed under article 19(1) and article 19(1)(a) of the Indian constitution.
Meanwhile, the additional Judicial first class magistrate admitted the petition for further hearing.