A city court on Saturday granted bail to cricketer Luke Pomersbach, who was accused of molesting an American woman on Friday.
The court held that there was “no material evidence” for the offence under Section 452 of the Indian Penal Code (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) to be made out against the Australian cricketer.
But metropolitan magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha directed Pomersbach to surrender his passport and asked him not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission and furnish his permanent address.
Delhi Police had submitted before the judge the CCTV footage of the night the incident happened. They also submitted the medical reports of Sahil Peerzada, the American’s fiancé whom Pomersbach had assaulted. Peerzada is currently admitted in a private hospital in the Capital.
The investigating officer told the court that the cricketer had forcefully entered the couple’s room with the intention to cause hurt, thereby attracting Section 452 of the IPC.
Appearing on behalf of the accused, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta said the entry to the room had been friendly and that they were not denying Pomersbach’s presence there.
Pomersbach has also been charged with Sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.
The cricketer has a history of brawls and brushes with the law in his country, Australia.