"We subsequently chose to drop the sedition charges, and instead, slapped charges pertaining to disturbing communal harmony", said the SP. The hatred-driven rhetoric that filled the airwaves forces us to ask, whatever happened to sportsmanship? Kedar Nath Singh was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a year on sedition charges by a trial court-he had referred to the CID as dogs and talked of elected "Congress goondas" who would be liquidated.
The accused were arrested after complaints were filed against them that they had burst firecrackers and celebrated Pakistan's 180-run victory in the final of Champions Trophy, one of the major global cricket tournaments conducted by the International Cricket Council.
Video of a Pakistani fan insulting and abusing Indian cricketers after the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, went viral on the internet.
Hero of Pakistan's success in the Champions Trophy finals, Fakhar Zaman was given a hero's welcome when he arrived in Pakistan.
Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global nations.
Pakistan batting first, cautious early on, to cement a total big enough to combat India's line-up, came alive, through opening batsman Fakhar.
"You are looking to build your squad for major tournaments so if they bring in World Twenty20s more often, I would like to see more T20 matches throughout our summer, rather than two or three after a five-match one-day series".
"These arrests are patently absurd, and the 19 men should be released immediately", said Asmita Basu, the Programme Director of Amnesty International India.
It has been reported that at least eight other people were arrested from different parts of India for celebrating Pakistan's victory.
A year ago a Pakistani man was arrested for waving an Indian flag after his idol Indian batsman Virat Kohli made a match-winning century.
"Even if the arrested men had supported Pakistan, as the police claim, that is not a crime". Cricket fans in both countries have been arrested in the past for supporting the rival teams or players.