Charges against Luke Pomersbach dropped

Last Updated: Thu, May 24, 2012 07:50 hrs

Charges of molestation against Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) Australian recruit Luke Pomersbach have been dropped

Pomersbach, who was charged of allegedly molesting a woman and assaulting her fiance', had earlier been granted bail by a court Delhi but asked not to leave the country.

The lawyer of the Zohal Hamid, the woman who had filed the complaint, sent notice to police saying she´s withdrawing molestation charge against Royal Challengers Bangalore player.

Hamid´s lawyer Rajneesh Chopra said they will also move an application in the High Court during the day.

Charges against RCB director Siddharth Mallya for casting aspersions on her character through tweets were also dropped, media reports said.

"So glad that all charges have been dropped and Luke can return down under a free man." Mallya said on his Twitter account.

"I´ve always been a very loyal person who stands up for friends. The tweets/comments made were unfortunate, being the product of stressful circumstances and I realise people drew meaning and connotations other than and beyond what was intended against Zohal," he tweeted.

The case had appeared to tip in favour of the Aussies cricketer after the CCTV footage of a five-star hotel where the incident took place was presented by Delhi Police in court.

The court had directed the police to submit footage from security cameras of the hotel and medical report of the woman´s fiance.

According to the charges, Pomersbach had allegedly misbehaved with the woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at the Maurya Sheraton Hotel here during a party late Thursday night.

A case has been registered against him under various sections of IPC including section 354 of IPC (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurt), 454 (lurking house trespass) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).

The woman in her statement said that Pomersbach invited himself for some drinks with the couple and some common friends from Mumbai in their room.

After some time, the women left her friends to catch some sleep but the Australian followed her and misbehaved with her. When the women´s fiancee intervened, Pomersbach allegedly beat him up as well landing him in hospital.

The woman also claimed that there was tremendous pressure on her to withdraw the case.

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