Former India captain MS Dhoni moves Madras High Court against IPS officer Sampath Kumar

Dhoni has opted for the move because of the IPS officer's alleged remarks against the Supreme Court in a matter related to match-fixing.

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Former India skipper MS Dhoni has moved the Madras High Court in order to issue summons and initiate contempt proceedings against IPS officer G Sampath Kumar. Dhoni has opted for the move because of the IPS officer's alleged remarks against the Supreme Court in a matter related to match-fixing.

The plea is likely to be listed for hearing on Tuesday (November 8) as it was not taken up for hearing on Friday, November 4. It is a new development in the matter that dates back to 2014 when Dhoni had filed a civil suit to restrict Sampath Kumar from making any statements associating Dhoni with spot-fixing or match-fixing. It has to be noted that Sampath Kumar was the then Inspector General of Police.

MS Dhoni initiates contempt proceedings against IPS officer G Sampath Kumar

The civil suit moved by the former India captain contained details of him seeking INR 100 CR damages from the Zee Media Corporation and Sampath Kumar for making match-fixing allegations against him.

After getting the green signal from the advocate general of Tamil Nadu, R Shunmugasundram, the criminal contempt is going to be carried out as per the procedure. The division bench of Justice PN Prakash was supposed to deal with the criminal contempt on Friday as it was listed for hearing.

After Dhoni's civil suit was filed, an interim order was passed by the court on March 18, 2014. The interim order restricted the involved officer (Sampath Kumar) from making any further statements on the then India skipper.

But Sampath Kumar did not cognizance of the order and allegedly filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court which contained derogatory remarks against the judicial system and the leading counsel who were representing the State in the cases against him.

Meanwhile, Dhoni will be seen in action on the cricketing field in IPL 2023 which is slated to happen next year. He had taken up the reins of Chennai Super Kings during IPL 2022 after Ravindra Jadeja had stepped down from the role.