MS Dhoni Contempt Plea: Madras HC Orders IPS Officer Sampath Kumar to Appear on Court on Dec 9

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Sarthak Umang

Published on: 13 November 2022 at 22:39 IST

MS Dhoni filed a High Court complaint against Sampath Kumar about his alleged statements about fixing games.

In connection with a contempt petition filed by cricketer MS Dhoni, a division bench of the Madras High Court instructed IPS officer G Sampath Kumar to appear on December 9.

When the contempt application came up today, Justices PN Prakash and RMT Teeka Raman issued the statutory notice.

Dhoni has asked the High Court to initiate contempt proceedings against Sampath Kumar for his alleged statements against the Supreme Court and senior counsel regarding the fixing of cricket matches.

The original suit was filed in 2014 by Dhoni in an effort to permanently restrain Sampath Kumar from making any scandalous or contumacious statements linking him (Dhoni) with match fixing and spot fixing, and he prayed the HC to direct him to pay Rs 100 crore towards damages.

The HC restrained Sampath Kumar from making any statements against Dhoni by an interim order passed on March 18, 2014.

A statement that Sampath Kumar filed in the Supreme Court contained disparaging remarks toward the judiciary and the senior counsel representing the state in the case against him, despite the gag order. In December, 2021, the High Court took it under notice and filed it.

Dhoni preferred to file the present contempt application for Sampath Kumar on October 11 this year after obtaining consent from Advocate General R Shanmugasundaram on July 18 this year to punish him for allegedly making remarks against the judiciary in violation of the interim order passed by the court in 2014.

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