The Madras High Court on Thursday has rejected a plea filed by IPS officer G Sampath Kumar as he had demanded to set aside the defamation proceedings that were made against him by the former India captain MS Dhoni. However, seven years ago, Dhoni had made a 100-crore defamation suit against the IPS officer on the charges of making match-fixing as well as brought betting allegations against him. And, the Madras High Court has refused to reject the case of Dhoni as well.
While talking about that, Justice N Seshasayee, while dismissing the plea related to the 2014 IPL betting and match-fixing saga claimed that such relief cannot be granted now as the trial is about to start. On the other hand, Sampath Kumar, the IPS officer, who accused Dhoni of match-fixing was given the liberty later to move an application in order to file an additional written statement as well. Due to that, the hearing has been shifted to December 15.
As far as the case is concerned, a suit was moved against Sampath Kumar and the media firm by the four-time IPL title winner, MS Dhoni as he was dragged in the 2014 IPL match-fixing scam without any reason. Notably, Dhoni has been leading the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the cash-rich league since the beginning.
The Madras High Court judge, however, has refused to accept Kumar’s contention after he has argued on Thursday that he might not face the defamation for deposition which was made in his capacity as the investigating officer of that time as he was a superintendent of police (SP) of the Q Branch, as per the Times of India reported.
The TV media in 2014 has also responded and claimed that it only reported the deposition of Kumar made to Mudgal Committee which was chosen to investigate the fixing scam. It further added that MS Dhoni was trying to gag the media from discussing the all-important issues as well.