Mahendra Singh Dhoni threatens to file Rs 100-crore defamation case against Hindi daily for match-fixing allegations

Dhoni has sent a legal notice to the accusers (a Hindi daily), who reportedly claim that he fixed a Test match.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016, 17:00 PM IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni threatens to file Rs 100-crore defamation case against Hindi daily for match-fixing allegations

New Delhi: If reports are to be believed, then, India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his lawyers are mulling over suing the publishers of a Hindi daily for damages upto Rs 100 crores on account of defamation, trauma, and mental agony.

As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, Dhoni has sent a legal notice to the accusers (a Hindi daily), who reportedly claim that he fixed a Test match against England at Old Trafford in 2014.

The accusers, quoting Sunil Dev who was a manager of Team India on England tour, had alleged that Dhoni purposefully chose to bat on a wet wicket resulting in a loss for Men in Blue as the match wrapped up under three days.

Now, Dhoni's lawyers have reportedly sent a nine-page legal notice which reads: "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. 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."

"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 continues.