An Indian court on Tuesday issued the arrest warrant for Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.

Indian news media reports stated that a local court in state Andhra Pradesh issued the warrant after Dhoni failed to appear in court despite being summoned on three occasions in the past.

The police has been directed to present Dhoni in court on July 16.

According to reports, the case relates to a picture on the cover of an Indian magazine Business Today which carried a picture of Dhoni portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu in its April 2013 edition. The picture bore the sub title "God of Big Deals", with the cricketing legend holding products of several companies including a shoe in his hand.

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