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Allegations sickening, relieved to get bail: Pomersbach
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New Delhi, May 19, 2012
First Published: 17:56 IST(19/5/2012)
Last Updated: 20:13 IST(19/5/2012)
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Australian player Luke Pomersbach leaves for court after his medical examination at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi on Friday. HT Photo/Sushil Kumar

Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach, who has been accused of molesting an American woman and assaulting her fiance, on Saturday said that he was "very relieved" to have been granted bail and has full faith in the judicial system in India.

The 27-year-old cricketer, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, was arrested on Friday on a complaint by the woman who claimed he had invited himself for drinks in her room in a five-star hotel last night and misbehaved with her.

A Delhi court granted him bail and asked him to deposit two surety bonds of Rs.30,000 each. He was also asked to surrender his passport.

"Obviously, I am very relieved after what happened in the court today. I am happy with the support I have got from my family and girl friend back home and the RCB. I am looking forward to get to the bottom of the investigation," Pomersbach told reporters outside the court here.

The Australian cricketer, who has a history of brawls and brush with police in his country, said he was disappointed with the allegations levelled against him.

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"I am disappointed with the way the allegations were made on me. It's sickening. I have faith in the justice system (in India), looking forward to get to the bottom of it. I am happy that I have been granted bail," he said.

Asked how the investigations would proceed in the coming days, he said,"I have no idea what is going to happen in the next few days. "

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

The woman claimed that when she left the men, her fiance and a common friend from Mumbai, alone and went to her bedroom for catching some sleep  Luke followed her and misbehaved with her.


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