MP men who allegedly cheered Pak: Cops drop sedition charge, book them for disturbing communal harmony
Police said it would be difficult to prove the sedition charge. Photograph: (AFP)
Madhya Pradesh police have dropped the charge of sedition against the 15 men it arrested for allegedly celebrating Pakistan's win over India in the finals of the Champions Trophy.
It has now charged them with "doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony" or section 153A.
“It’s difficult to prove the sedition charge. Moreover, none of them has a criminal background. After initial investigation we found Section 153-A is more appropriate instead of Section 124-A,’’ Burhanpur SP RR Parihar told The Indian Express.
ANI reported the sedition charge was dropped on the orders of senior officials.
The charge would, in any case, not have stuck -- the Supreme Court has said a person cannot be charged with sedition if he or she has not incited violence.
The Express reported that most of the men arrested in MP were daily wagers, while a few owned one or two acres of land.