Former India skipper MS Dhoni has filed a fresh complaint against IPS officer G Sampath Kumar against contempt of court. For the unversed, the latter was restrained by the court of law from making any statements against Dhoni linking to spot-fixing. This happened in 2014, a year after the spot-fixing scandal surfaced in the Indian T20 League. After the scandal surfaced, Dhoni’s franchise alongside some others came into the investigation radar.
In 2014, it was found out that the Chennai franchise owners at the time had ‘bent the rules’. Apparently, N Srinivasan, the then-Indian Cricket Board president, and Chennai team owner couldn’t purchase a team in the league. However, before the inaugural season in 2008, he changed the rules before he could ‘conveniently’ buy the team. Notably, after acquiring the team, he brought back the old rules.
Meanwhile, fast forward to 2013, several investigations into the match-fixing scandal exposed the fact that team principal, G. Meiyappan was into spot-fixing and gambling. In 2014, G Sampath Kumar alleged that Dhoni was also involved in the scandal directly. In reply, the Ranchi player went on to file a restraining order against Kumar and directed the latter to play 100 crore INR for the damage to his reputation.
The IPS officer went to make disparaging remarks against the Judiciary
In late 2021, Kumar made some disparaging remarks against the Judiciary and the senior counsel representing the State in the cases against him. The Madras High Court took notice of this and filed a case against Kumar. In July this year, Dhoni got consent from Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram to file a contempt application. Last month, the wicketkeeper batter decided to punish the IPS officer for his remarks against the Judiciary.
Talking about Dhoni, after retiring from international cricket in 2020, he continues to lead Chennai in the cash-rich league. After not leading the team for the first eight games of the Indian T20 League 2022, he was handed back the leadership duties. The next year’s tournament might be his last.