In a recent legal development, MS Dhoni, the former India World Cup-winning captain, is actively defending himself against a defamation case initiated by his ex-business partners. Dhoni firmly asserted before the Delhi High Court that the defamation plea filed against him is ‘not maintainable.’
During the court proceedings on Monday, the cricketer’s legal counsel argued that the objection raised against Dhoni was not sustainable, emphasizing that a separate case has been filed by Dhoni against the couple in the Ranchi court as well. This legal battle stems from a dispute involving Mihir Diwakar and Soumya Das, former business associates of Dhoni, who are seeking a permanent injunction and compensation for damages.
The Delhi High Court, while refusing to pass interim orders against Dhoni, directed various media outlets and social media platforms to refrain from disseminating any defamatory content. This content, alleged by the plaintiffs as false, could potentially harm their reputation and goodwill.
Dhoni’s legal representatives revealed that a criminal case has been filed in a competent court in Ranchi against the directors of Aarka Sports, the sports management company involved in the dispute. The charges include criminal breach of trust and cheating under sections 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
The court session also brought to light the absence of specific jurisdiction to address the issue. The plaintiff’s counsel was instructed to outline the allegations, and the matter has been scheduled for further hearing on April 3.
The crux of the legal dispute revolves around alleged false accusations made by Dhoni against his former business partners, accusing them of illegal profits amounting to Rs 15 crore and breach of a contract dating back to 2017. The plaintiffs seek a restraining order to prevent further damage to their reputation arising from Dhoni’s statements.
In response, the plaintiffs’ counsel emphasized the importance of fair reporting by the media, claiming that their clients have been unjustly labeled as “thugs and thieves” due to biased media coverage. Additionally, media houses argued against the maintainability of the plea, citing a precedent that requires specific allegations against each defendant for a case to be considered.
As the legal battle unfolds, the Delhi High Court has requested complete documentation from both parties within three days, ensuring a thorough examination of the matter in the upcoming hearings.