Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach, accused of molesting an American woman, was on Saturday granted bail by a Delhi court which found that he had not trespassed into her room in the five-star hotel where the alleged incident took place.
The court also directed the 27-year-old batsman, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing IPL, not to approach the complainant woman.
After watching the CCTV footage provided by the police, Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha enlarged Pomersbach on bail, and said that no offence under section 452 of the IPC for ‘house-trespass or wrongful restraint’ is applicable against him.
The court granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000, along with two sureties of the like amount.
The magistrate directed the cricketer to surrender his passport before it, and asked him not to leave the country without its prior permission.
“No material evidence for offence under section 452 of the IPC is made out against the accused. I am granting him bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 with two sureties,” the court said.
Pomersbach was accused of outraging the modesty of a woman here on the intervening night of May 17—18 night, after a post—match party.
During the arguments, police played the CCTV footage on a laptop inside the courtroom, and also submitted the medical reports on Sahil, who is undergoing treatment in a private hospital here.
The alleged incident took place when Pomersbach is said to have entered the room, first accompanied by the woman, his fiance Sahil and one Miraj, the police said.
Pomersbach was then said to have been holding a beer bottle in his left hand, as his right hand was fractured during the alleged assault committed by him on the woman and Sahil.
The police said Pomersbach and one of his friends forcefully entered the woman’s room, but was pushed back from inside.
The investigating officer said that the offence of 452 of the IPC (house—trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) is also made out against Pomersbach as he had forcefully entered the room with intention to cause hurt.
Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Pomersbach, said the police should explain how the offence under section 452 of the IPC is made out against his client.
Pressing for bail, Gupta said that they are not denying the presence of Pomersbach there, but the entry into the room was friendly.
He said Pomersbach should be granted bail, and if there is any apprehension that he may flee from justice, he would surrender his passport.
“Bail should be granted. But as he is a foreigner, the investigating officer or this court may have the apprehension of his fleeing, so in that case, he will surrender his passport,” Gupta said.
Pomersbach’s counsel said his client has no intention of fleeing from justice.
Gupta said the court should keep in mind that the alleged incident took place between 4 and 5 AM in the morning, and the persons involved in it where in an inebriated state.
He said that no ground for arresting Pomersbach has been mentioned in the records.
“Even if any case is made out, the court should not send him to jail. For what purpose can he be sent to jail? Just because the media is interested in this case, he should not be sent to jail,” the lawyer said.
During the arguments, the public prosecutor said that Pomersbach was “pre—determined” to commit the offence as he returned to the woman’s room for the second time.