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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM (IST)BRIFFLY

Supreme Court quashes complaint against Dhoni

New Delhi

The Supreme Court today quashed a criminal case lodged against MS Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by depicting himself as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover. The Bench hearing the case said “it would be a travesty of justice” if Dhoni and the editor of the magazine were prosecuted as they did not do the alleged act “deliberately” or with the “malicious” intent to hurt religious sentiments. A non-bailable warrant was issued against Dhoni on January 9, 2016 by a court in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur. 

Noda City (Japan)
Atwal best Indian at 16th; Chikka, Chawrasia start well   

Arjun Atwal got off to a fine start to be the best-placed Indian at tied-16th at the end of the first round of Panasonic OPEN Japan here today. Atwal was cruising at 3-under until the 17 hole but a bogey on the final hole set him back. Young S Chikkarangappa, in search of his maiden Asian Tour title, was 4-under after his first nine but an error-prone second half saw him card a 1-under 70 and finish tied 29th. SSP Chawrasia and Rashid Khan finished tied-36th, while Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur were placed tied 60th.

Jiangsu (China) 
China Open: Kashyap, Dani bow out 

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap suffered a major blow as he crashed out of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold after going down against Qiao Bin of China here today. After losing the first game, Kashyap bounced back in the second before again going down in the last to lose 10-21 22-20 13-21 in a thrilling last-16 clash that lasted 76 minutes. Harsheel Dani, the other Indian in the fray, also bowed out after suffering a 17-21 18-21 defeat against China’s Sun Feixiang in the quarters.

Johannesburg
Indian teenager in semis of PSA event in South Africa

Indian teenager Velavan Senthilkumar has advanced to the semifinals of the West Rand Open, a PSA event, in Johannesburg. Senthilkumar continued his good run and reached the last-four with a 7-11 11-5 11-3 11-6 win over fifth-seed Lyed Fuller of England last night. 

Reykjavik (Iceland)
Harika starts with easy win over Magnusson  

India’s Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli began her campaign at the Rejkjavik Open here in style, beating Magnus Magnusson quite easily. Starting with black, the world No. 11 took control of the game right as the start, forcing her opponent into a series of mistakes. 

New Delhi
Former Spain footballer Puyol to visit India in May  

Former Spain footballer Carlos Puyol will be coming to India on May 15 to launch the ticket sales for the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches. Puyol, who played an astonishing 15 seasons for Barcelona, will be the chief guest at the ceremony, to be held in Delhi. He will also attend an IPL ceremony in Mumbai on May 16. — Agencies

Arish, Priyank shine

New Delhi: A fine bowling performance by off-spinner Arish Alam (4/23) and an equally good batting show by opener Priyank Tehlan 77 enabled Defence Accounts Sports Control Board beat BDM XI Meerut by nine wickets to enter the semifinal of the 27th All India Sperry Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament being played at Shivaji College Grounds. 

Brief scores: BDM XI Meerut: (Vimoh Rana 67, Sunil Dalal 30; Arish Alam 4/23 Srikanth 2/37); DASCB: 179/1 in 28.2 overs (Priyank Tehlan 77*, Shalabh Srivastava 53*, Gurkeerat Singh Ahluwalia 36). — TNS

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