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IPL molestation case: Is an out-of-court settlement on the cards?

The brother of Mr Sahil Peerzada, who was allegedly punched by Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach when he objected to him molesting his girlfriend, on Wednesday claimed that they do not want to pursue the case, triggering speculation that both parties are eyeing an out-of-court settlement.

Pomersbach, who is a Royal Challengers Bangalore player, was arrested last Friday after American national Zohal Hameed alleged he molested her and hit her fiance, Peerzada, when he objected to the cricketer's behaviour. Pomersbach was arrested and later granted bail by the court.

Sahil Peerzada
Sahil Peerzada, who was allegedly assaulted by Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach.

Despite mulling not to pursue the case, Peerzada's brother Pheroz insisted that Pomersbach should not have done what he did. "He should have respect for women. Luke has done a blunder. He should apologise and we should also forgive and forget.

"We don't want to pursue against Luke. We have not been pressurised by anyone. No one has approached us," he told a TV channel. He also said they do not want to pursue a case against RCB Director Sidhartha Mallya whose tweets, casting aspersions on Hameed's character, created another controversy.

He also rebutted Hameed's claim that she was Peerzada's fiancee. "Whatever happened was most unfortunate. Officially I am saying, Sahil is not engaged to Zohal," he said.

Reports also suggest that Hameed is also planning to withdraw the legal notice issued against Sidhartha Mallya in which she had sought his apology for his tweets.

The lawyers of  Hameed or Pomersbach could not be reached for comments.

If a compromise is worked out between both the sides, they will have to approach the court to withdraw the case.

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