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May 25, 2012 at 06:41pm IST

IPL molestation: HC quashes FIR against Luke Pomersbach

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed an FIR against Australian cricketer and RCB player Luke Pomersbach after he and complainant Zohal Hamid reached an out-of-court settlement in a molestation case.

Justice ML Mehta quashed the FIR and the criminal proceedings arising out of it after recording statements of Hamid, her friend Sahil Peerzada and accused Pomersbach.

"Since they have resolved the dispute and want to go back to their respective countries, I quash the FIR," Justice Mehta said after Hamid and Pomersbach jointly told the court that they would like to leave India on Friday night. Hamid had asked the court not to pursue the matter any further.

The court rejected the Delhi government's argument that the FIR should not be quashed keeping in view the gravity and seriousness of the offence.

To a query posed by the court to the Royal Challengers' cricketer about the incident, Pomersbach replied, "It started just like that. One issue led to another". He did not elaborate.

The accused also expressed his regret before the court for the incident.