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MS Dhoni's lawyers threaten to sue Sun Star for Rs100 crore over defamation

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:38 IST
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  • Hindi daily Sun Star had released a video on Monday, which showed current DDCA secretary Sunil Dev saying Dhoni fixed the fourth test match of the 2014 tour of England.
  • However, Dhoni\'s lawyers have denied the allegation outright and seek to take legal recourse for defamation after sending a legal notice to Sun Star.
  • Interestingly, Sunil Dev called the video \"rubbish\".

Only days after a sting operation by Hindi daily 'Sun Star' showed former Indian team manager and current DDCA secretary Sunil Dev alleging that the Indian team captain MS Dhoni had a hand to play in fixing the fourth test of the 2014 tour of England, his lawyers have sent the paper a legal notice threatening to push defamation charges to the tune of Rs 100 crore if they don't deny their claim outright in 48 hours.

Dhoni's lawyers, Delhi based C&C Associates, say that Sunil Dev's allegations are nothing apart from false propaganda by the paper to defame Dhoni. The legal notice sent to the daily is nine pages long.

The notice also read -

"Our client (Dhoni) reserves the right to institute proceedings for the recovery of damages up to Rs 100 crores from you on account of the defamation, mental agony and trauma caused to him due to this by causing loss of his reputation."

"The said video contains footage of an absolutely dubious sting operation of the aforementioned Mr. 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."

In the video released on Monday, Sunil Dev claims that Dhoni fixed the match by choosing to bat on a bowler-friendly pitch. Dev said that he was 100 per cent sure of the fixing and adds that when the matter was brought before the BCCI, it did not take any action.

However, Dev has himself since come forward to call the operation bogus, and has threatened to file a lawsuit. He said -

"It is all rubbish. I am planning to sue this Hindi daily and will seek legal recourse against anyone else who makes such malicious claims."

The Manchester test match was won by England by an innings and 54 runs.
First published: 11 February 2016, 3:08 IST
 
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