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IPL scandal: MS Dhoni files contempt of court petition against IPS officer G Sampath

A contempt of court petition has been filed by the former India captain MS Dhoni in the Madras High Court against IPS officer G Sampath Kumar, who was in-charge of the investigating team into the spot fixing and betting scandal of the Indian Premier League 2013.

In his plea, Dhoni alleged that the officer had made certain defamatory remarks in his submissions which would amount to contempt of court.

The matter was listed for Friday but due to the paucity of time, could not be taken up for hearing.

Dhoni also had filed a defamation suit against a television media company and others for making malicious statements that he was involved in betting and match fixing of IPL 2013 matches.

Dhoni also sought the restraining of Kumar and others from issuing or publishing defamatory statements against him related to the issue.

Justice S Tamilvanan, who was the judge has retired, had granted an interim injunction which had put curbs on defendants from making such statements or publishing them.

Dhoni, in his contempt plea, said that he had obtained the consent of the Tamil Nadu Advocate General for taking up the contempt proceedings against Sampath. The player had urged the High Court to issue summons to Sampath.

Sampath had approached the Court earlier to quash and set aside the defamation proceedings against him for which he submitted a note.

The police officer said that the reason for the defamation suit was to gag him. He rasped a prominent question as to why did Dhoni choose to file a suit in Madras High Court, although he has no connection to Tamil Nadu.

The officer said that this seems to be a conspiracy.

IPS officer Sampath has also questioned the decision of Apex Court to keep the Mudgal Committee report, containing the details of probe in corruption charges against former BCCI Chairman N Srinivasan and others, in a sealed cover.

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