The West Bengal government told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it has withdrawn the case against online publication OpIndia's editor, Nupur Sharma and journalist Ajeet Bharti for articles published on the website [Nupur J Sharma v. State of West Bengal]..Senior Advocate Siddhartha Dave, appearing on behalf of the State government, told the top court that the State has decided to withdraw the first information reports (FIRs) registered against Sharma, Bharti and others.The Court recorded the submission of the State while appreciating the stand taken by the State government."Journalists suffer consequences of what is in public domain. Hope other (States) would follow," the Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul remarked while disposing of the plea. .Sharma, Bharti and other journalists at OpIndia had moved the Supreme Court in June 2020 after the West Bengal Police had registered cases against them for offences under Section 153A (promoting enmity between religious groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.The Supreme Court had stayed three FIRs in June 2020. Subsequently, a fourth FIR was also registered which too was stayed by the top court in September 2021..The plea by Sharma and Bharti said that FIRs were registered in relation to different stories carried by the OpIndia platform, one of which is eight months old. While various other mainstream news outlets also carried articles and news pieces on the concerned subjects, the police registered FIRs only against the petitioners. Thus, the registration of the FIRs was an attempt to intimidate the journalists, the plea said.Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani and advocate Ravi Sharma appeared for Sharma and Bharti.