New Delhi: Cricketer MS Dhoni has moved the Madras High Court pertaining to a criminal contempt petition against IPS officer G Sampath Kumar over his alleged statements against the Supreme Court and certain senior counsels in a matter related to match-fixing, news agency PTI reported.    

The case was listed for hearing before a division bench headed by Justice PN Prakash, but it was not heard on Friday.

It is to be noted that in 2014, Dhoni had filed a civil suit to permanently restrain Sampath Kumar, who was the then Inspector General of Police, from making any statement related to the cricketer to match-fixing and spot-fixing of matches.

Dhoni prayed the court to direct him to pay Rs 100 crore towards damages.

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An interim order passed by the court on March 18, 2014, Sampath Kumar was restrained from making any statement against Dhoni.

However, despite the order, Sampath Kumar allegedly filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, containing disparaging remarks against the judiciary and the senior counsel representing the State in the cases against him.

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Later, when it was brought to the notice of the Madras High Court, it took the same on its file in December, 2021. After obtaining consent from Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram on July 18 this year, to file the contempt application, MS Dhoni preferred the present contempt application on October 11 this year to punish former IPS officer Sampath Kumar for his alleged action of making remarks against the judiciary thereby violating the court’s interim order that was passed in 2014.

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