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Dhoni moves Madras High Court over fixing allegations

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March 18, 2014

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The Madras High Court has restrained Zee Media Corporation Limited, an Indian television conglomerate, and News Nation Network Private Limited, another private television news channel, from airing any interviews or news related to fixing allegations against MS Dhoni. The interim order was passed on Tuesday after the India captain sought Rs 100 crore from four respondents, including police officer G Sampath Kumar, as damages for tarnishing his image.

In his affidavit to the court, Dhoni stated his hard-earned reputation was at risk from unverified reports. Dhoni had earlier issued notices to ZMCL, Zee News editor and business head Sudhir Chaudhary, Kumar and News Nation. Justice S Tamilvanan, in his interim order, stated, "I am of the view that there is a prima facie case and the balance of convenience is also in favour of the plaintiff. Hence, interim injunction granted for a period of two weeks," the judge said in his order after perusing Dhoni's affidavit.*

In his affidavit, Dhoni, represented by the firm of BCCI lawyer PR Raman, accused all four respondents of intentionally projecting Dhoni as an object of hate and ridicule, thereby maligning his image in the eyes of cricket lovers, especially fans of Chennai Super Kings.

This is the first time Dhoni, albeit through his lawyers, has reacted in any manner to the IPL scandal. He had been silent at the time, even after the arrest of Super Kings official and the BCCI president N SrinivasanĀ¹s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

The reports surfaced following the submission of a sealed envelope - said to contain names of high-profile players allegedly involved in corrupt practices - to the Supreme Court by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee investigating the IPL fixing case. Kumar, who had deposed before the Mudgal committee, had alleged in an interview to various news channels that Dhoni's name had been mentioned by an alleged bookie during interrogation with regard to fixing the game between Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on May 12, 2013. The charge sheet filed by the Mumbai Police against Meiyappan and 21 others also mentioned that fixing allegations had surfaced about the same match.

While establishing Meiyappan as a CSK official, the Mudgal committee in its report last month noted that Dhoni, along with Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that "Mr Meiyappan, had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK".

* - March 18, 2014, 1615 GMT - story was updated with the interim injunction

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Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Every person is innocent until proven guilty. Wild accusations can ruin a sports-persons career. I think it should be an eye opener for all media.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 19, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Great move by MSD. Not only it will bring truth out but also punish irresponsible media who is quick to malign any body without any evidence.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 19, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

There could be no bigger crime against a sportsman than being accused of match fixing with no evidence! Its simply not acceptable or tolerable and it should be a case of if you have no evidence then you must be found guilty of a crime. This is not to Dhoni but any sportsman and governing boby must protect the players to ensure there are no wild stories doing the rounds in the name of news worthiness.

Posted by sgma on (March 19, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

I feel we should follow 'innocent till proven guilty' principle and not allow the media to indulge in loose talk. We owe our sportsmen that much.

Posted by Abhijeth_Manohar on (March 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

If Zee & Sampath Kumar come out with some real evidence, then things should get really interesting. I hope not

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

Still doesnt answer why he termed Gurunath as just a cricket enthusiast. Something big is cooking. We will find out soon

Posted by SR84 on (March 19, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Since the BCCI is now officially the flag bearer (and supreme financier) of world cricket. It should bring all of this dirty dealing out into the open. All suspects and decisions need to be made transparent. Swift actions need to be taken. No leniency and bias must be shown.

The Indian cricket board is suspected by many to be not worthy of its current stature. Now is the time to be a role model and prove that the BCCI is deserving of its position at the head of the council.

With great power comes great responsibility.

Posted by here2rock on (March 19, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

Leave Dhoni alone, he is a pride of India, Zee shame on you. We love Dhoni.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Excellent Dhoni. Irresponsible media like Zee needs to learn the hard way. Keep Going!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

job well done!!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

At least now we get why he was dropped from Asia Cup. Now that he has sorted things out (temporary) he is included back into the squad. I guess his side strain would have worsened if the court had taken time to issue a verdict.

Posted by wapuser on (March 19, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

Good Move by MSD..100 crore is not enough..he shud have ask more....Truth Triumphs...#Dhoni # Thala

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 18, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

I am really happy that MSD has finally done this! Ppl talking all kind of nonsense - I think 100 crores is too less an amt to be claimed as damages for wht these ppl have done to him and the team!

Some media houses will say anything they like to get viewership and such counter reactions from affected parties will answer these speculations better than giving extensive interviews to TV channels!!!!

I remember Sourav Ganguly saying in an interview tht Azharuddin must take to task all those who are bringing him disrepute by challenging them in court - I am happy that MSD has done just that!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

The image of dhoni as been damaged far more than the 100 crore he has claimed. These media houses should be punished for what they have done to him.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

I think if u have done any wrong in playing in cricket match.. u will punish... and all person is equal for law.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

happy that sumthng true is going to happen

Posted by bhushanB on (March 18, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Why does BCCI request the names be kept in secrecy... That is what has raised all these rumours about Dhoni... Just reveal the report and if Dhoni's name is not in the list.. it proves his innocence right away.. and no need for all this drama....

BCCI wants to promote drama... so that avg IND fan is diverted from the main problems with the team and team's performance....

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

I m happy that Dhoni not involved in ipl match fixing

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Nowadays media has quite large reach to the people, so if they provides an information without having a proof, they should be penalize immidiately and the person who is responsible for destroying the image should also get some jail time so they would know its not a fun thing. The grace Dhoni brought for this country, i dont think can be fixed at any level, its truly a champion*s work and I support Dhoni

Posted by premradja on (March 18, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Best way to respond if you are clean.. Why use the same advocate as BCCI Srinivasan is the issue

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Dhoni has done the right thing. If someone truly has any real evidence against him then they should publish it. Nobody has the right to tarnish the hard earned reputation of another person based on unfounded accusations.

Posted by class9ryan on (March 18, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

I'm very happy as a Indian fan. Also shows that Dhoni might not be speaking, but he certainly has the confidence to tell the world that he is not involved in anything wrong. Now, I have full confidence in Dhoni that he's a true player.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

extremely happy wid dhoni finally came out nd answering

Posted by Tama_Pokai66 on (March 18, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

The reports surfaced following the submission of a sealed envelope - said to contain names of high-profile players allegedly involved in corrupt practices . hmm, aren't folks curious to find out who these players are!!

Posted by thinkgood on (March 18, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

I am happy Dhoni came out and started to fight back on this media's witch hunt of him. Good luck MSD !!!

Posted by shravanvallaban on (March 18, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

one has to investigate perfectly before publishing matter and dhoni has so far been considered a trusted and genuine person only next to sachin and suddenly this kind of a news defames his image which he has struggled hard to get it.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

Let the Truth reviled ???

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