Prosecutors in India have decided to drop “sedition” charges against seven Kashmiri students for cheering for Pakistan in a cricket match against India on Sunday.
More than 60 who were briefly expelled from Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in the northern city of Meerut after being charged with “disrupting communal harmony” after Pakistan’s dramatic last over win over India in the Asian Cup in Bangladesh.
Seven of the students, all natives of the disputed region of Kashmir, were later slapped with a variety of charges including “mischief” and “promoting enmity between different ethnic groups”.
The charges were widely ridiculed in the Indian media and drew condemnation from politicians, including Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minister of Kashmir, who said the charges were “uncalled for”.
Magistrates have now decided there was no evidence to support the sedition charge which would have carried a three-year prison term.
Reports say that university authorities will conduct an internal inquiry into the matter.