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IPL molestation case: Will Sidhartha Mallya apologise

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May 20, 2012 at 01:05pm IST

New Delhi: Even as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Luke Pomersbach was on Saturday granted bail in the molestation case, the alleged victim has threatened to file a defamatory suit against RCB team director Sidhartha Mallya if he did not apologise to her by Sunday evening for his defamatory tweets against her following the controversy.

The alleged victim had sent him a legal notice on Saturday, demanding an apology from him, saying, if he refused, she will file a defamation suit against him on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has recorded the statement of the victim's fiance, Sahil.

He has reportedly corroborated her version of events, saying that Luke punched him three to four times in their hotel suite.

Sahil's condition is now said to be stable and he is expected to be discharged from hospital by Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the man at the centre of the controversy, Luke Pomersbach was let off on bail by a Delhi court on Saturday, citing lack of evidence against him in the case.

However, the player may not be able to play more IPL games this season, as the case threatens to drag on.

Luke was accused of molesting the woman, an American national, and assaulting her fiance in a 5-star hotel suite in Delhi, post an IPL match.

The Delhi Police examined the hotel's CCTV footage and are now trying to piece together the chain of events.

Luke had to surrender his passport and provide two sureties of Rs 30,000 each, for the bail. The player was granted bail as the non-bailable offence of trespass could not be established through the CCTV footage.

What may happen next

The police's top priority would be to record key statements of the victim, her fiance and the security guard who she had initially complained to about the incident.

The victim will decide by Monday if she would like to approach a higher court opposing Pomersbach's bail order.

Kirti Azad begins fast against IPL

Former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Sunday began a fast, demanding that the Indian Premier League, which has been a hit by a series a controversies, be scrapped.

Azad, who is also a BJP leader, began the hunger strike outside the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.

"All those who are watching, I have a question. Shouldn't there be transparency? There is too much of politics in sports. I only hope that there is some sportsmanship in politics," Azad said while addressing the gathering.

"Cricket is a religion in our country but it hurts when I get to know that youngsters want to play in IPL and not for the country," he added.

(With additional information from PTI)

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