Mahendra Singh Dhoni sues Zee network for Rs. 100 cr
Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved the Madras High Court seeking Rs 100 crore as damages from the private television network Zee for allegedly linking him to the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal.
Admitting his complain, the court on Tuesday restrained the Zee network from publishing or telecasting any news content about Dhoni in connection with allegations in the IPL match-fixing case or in any manner insinuating about his integrity and honesty.
The petition of Dhoni as published by NDTV read: "Since February 11, 2014, Zee Media Corporation Limited (Zee News Channel) and Sudhir Chaudhary, editor and business head of the channel in collusion with G.Sampath Kumar (suspended police officer) have been telecasting and broadcasting and hosting false news reports insinuating that the plaintiff (Dhoni) was involved in the illegal activities of betting, match fixing and spot fixing."
"The reports that were broadcast by the news networks revolved around IPL team Chennai Super Kings of which Dhoni is the captain and the alleged involvement of him in fixing devastated the reputation and image of the Dhoni and his image in the eyes of millions of fans all over the world," the petition read.
The Indian Premier League Probe Committee had found CSK team's Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of match-fixing.
Dhoni is the captain of the Chennai Super Kings team in the IPL tournament.
Following the probe committee report, some media have speculated that it also mentions Dhoni's name.
(Posted on 18-03-2014)