Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach, arrested on charges of molesting an American woman in a hotel, was on Friday granted interim bail for a day by a Delhi court.
There was drama during the 30-minute proceedings, when the 27-year-old batsman, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, complained of uneasiness and fainted while the victim broke down when she narrated the incident.
Policemen took him outside the court room and gave him water after which he regained composure to come back to the court room made stuffy by the crowd of lawyers, journalists and onlookers.
Pomersbach was accused of outraging the modesty of a woman here on Thursday night, was granted relief by Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha till Saturday.
The Magistrate directed the Delhi Police to bring the CCTV footage from the hotel along with the medical records showing the nature of injury caused to the woman’s fiance Sahil, who is admitted in ICU in a private hospital here after being allegedly beaten by Pomersbach.
“The accused is granted interim bail till tomorrow,” the magistrate said.
“Bring the CCTV footage of the hotel and the doctors opinion about the nature of the injuries sustained by him (the woman’s fiancee Sahil),” the court said.
During the hearing, the court asked the Delhi police as to why they had not secured the CCTV footage of the hotel.
Delhi Police had sought that the court should be sent the cricketer into judicial custody.
The woman narrated the sequence of the event saying that she was with her fiance, and Pomersbach forcibly entered their room in the hotel to have drinks and molested her.
“Sahil only told him ‘please leave the room’ and he (Pomersbach) turned and started assaulting him and punched him (Sahil) several times on his face,” she said.