The case relates to a picture on the cover of a magazine.

A court in Andhra Pradesh issued an arrest warrant against Indian cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.

A local court in Anantapur issued the arrest warrant as Dhoni did not appear in the court despite three summons served in the past. It directed police to present Dhoni in the court July 16.

Business Today in its April 2013 edition had carried the picture. Dhoni was portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu with a sub title “God of Big Deals” and holding products of several companies including a shoe in his hand.

Y. Shyam Sunder, a local Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, had filed a petition in the court in February this year alleging that the cricketer had hurt the sentiments of Hindus by denigrating the Hindu god.

The summons issued by the court to Dhoni on three occasions was returned. The court, which took up the hearing on Tuesday, issued the arrest warrant.

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