Another huge controversy today struck the IPL with an Australian player with Royal Challengers Bangalore being arrested on charges of molesting an Indian American woman and severely attacking her fiance leaving him in hospital.
27-year-old Australian player Luke Pomersbach allegedly misbehaved with the woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at the Maurya Sheraton Hotel here last night and has been arrested, police said.
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).
Luke Pomersbach being taken to court from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (New Delhi)
The woman said the player invited himself for some drinks with the couple and some common friends from Mumbai in their room.
She left the men alone and went to her bedroom for catching some sleep but Luke followed her and misbehaved with her, she alleged.
When her fiancee intervened, Luke allegedly beat him up, she said. The woman's fiancee has been admitted to a hospital.
The woman claimed that pressure is being mounted on her to withdraw the case but she will not do so. IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said the IPL had nothing to with this because the incident did not take place in any party organised by it.
"Let the law take its course," he said. Denying the charge that IPL was full of controversies, Shukla said IP 4 and 5 were free of controversies till now. However, BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad alleged that the IPL "has given rise to many unsavoury things.Today's attempt to rape is one such".
He said foreign players were taking advantage of the conditions here.
This incident comes close on the heels of the match-fixing allegations in the IPL and actor Shah Rukh Khan's alleged brawl at Wankhede Stadium Wednesday night.