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IPL molestation case: RCB player Luke Pomersbach granted bail

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May 19, 2012 at 06:45pm IST

New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Luke Pomersbach was on Saturday granted bail in the molestation case. However, the court asked the cricketer to surrender his passport, directing him to not leave the country.

The RCB player was granted bail on two sureties of Rs 30,000 each. Luke was granted bail as trespass could not be established through the CCTV footage, following which the court dropped the non-bailable charge of trespass against him.

Granting the bail, the court directed Luke not to approach the complainant woman.

Reacting to the decision of the court, the RCB player said that he was relieved and that he had faith in the Indian judiciary.

Talking about playing in the IPL for the season, Luke said, "I have some injuries and there are few matches left, so can't say whether I will play."

Claiming that he was very disturbed by the charges against him, he said, "The last two days were horrible. I have a good friend back home, she didn't need to hear this. I spoke to her and explained."

The batsman further thanked his saying the support had been great. He added, "I didn't speak to Sidhartha much, but he is a great guy."

Earlier, before entering the court, Luke spoke to mediapersons gathered outside and claimed innocence in the case, calling the charges against him a conspiracy.

"I am innocent. It's a conspiracy... The girl is seeking attention.. That's why she is doing this," he said.

Luke's father, George Pomersbach, too said on Saturday that his son had claimed innocence in the case.

George, who spoke to Luke by phone, said that he told him he was involved in a fracas with the woman's fiance and two of the man's friends at the ITC Maurya Hotel.

"My son did not believe there were any other witnesses to the incident," he said, adding that his team should support him during the trial. "I am concerned the RCB are wiping their hands clean," he added.

The Delhi Police have, meanwhile, submitted in court a medical report regarding the nature of injury caused to the woman and her fiance, and the details of the CCTV images from the hotel.

The police said that the CCTV footage showed three men and a woman entering a room. Later, two men can be seen standing outside the room and Luke is reportedly one of them.

After going out of the victim's suite, Luke is allegedly seen returning a second time, at around 5:15-5:30 pm.

The victim, during the hearing, did not deny the fact that Luke went in to her room. She claimed that he was invited.

Meanwhile, the alleged victim also sent a legal notice to RCB team director Sidhartha Mallya on Saturday for making offensive comments about her on Twitter. She lodged a formal complaint with the Delhi Commission for Women on Saturday.

Mallya had on Friday tweeted against the alleged victim, questioning her character. "The girl who is accusing Luke of hitting her fiance was all over me last night. If he was her fiance, she wasn't exactly behaving like a future wife," he wrote. He went on to add, "What this girl is doing is idiotic."

The victim has demanded an apology from Mallya. She said, "I am very hurt and disappointed... It is a false statement. I did meet Sidhartha Mallya. Sahil was invited to the IPL party and I was with him."

Meanwhile, the victim's fiance is recuperating at Delhi's Primus hospital. The doctors say he is stable. "Sahil is stable. His wound near the ear is healing. There is a slight problem in hearing due to swelling. We are also waiting for CT scan results before we shift him out of the ICU," said Dr Baluja, who has been attending to him.

A team of the Delhi Police reached the hospital earlier on Saturday to record his statement.

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