Mahendra Singh Dhoni takes legal-action against fixing allegations: Rs. 100 Crores for defaming his reputation
MUMBAI: Team India’s (ODI and Twenty20) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has sent a legal notice to the accusers, who have alleged him to be the match-fixer.
Quoting Sunil Dev, who was a manager of the Indian team on England tour in 2014, the Sun Star (Hindi Daily) alleged that Indian captain had fixed the Test match and had purposely chose to bat on a wet wicket in spite of deciding in a team meeting that India would choose to field first should the toss is won.
The Test match was lost by India in under three days by an innings and 54 runs.
Reacting to the said report, Dhoni’s Delhi-based lawyers C&C Associates have sent a 9-page legal notice, a copy of which is in our possession.
“The said video contains footage of an absolute dubious Sting Operation of the aforementioned Mr (Sunil) Dev, which in the present circumstances is nothing but a false propaganda initiated by you to defame my client”, the notice says.
“In fact, the so-called Indian cricket official (Sunil Dev) who you have credited to be the source of information has strongly denied the incident”.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s lawyers (Rajneesh Chopra and Pratik Malik) have asked the publishers to issue denials to this published report in next 48-hours or face the legal case against them.
The notices have been sent to the publishers by the Registered A/D and speed posts, the acknowledgements of which are seen by this Reporter.
“Our client (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) reserves the right to institute proceedings for the recovery of damages up to Rs. 100 Crores (1 billion) from you on account of the defamation, mental agony and trauma caused to him due to this by causing loss of his reputation,” the notice says.