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    Default 'Siddhartha Mallya is equally responsible for molesting woman'

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    Women leaders and activists today criticised Siddhartha Mallya for his comments casting aspersions on the character of an American woman who alleged that a cricketer molested her.

    His comments came following the arrest of Australian player Luke Pomersbach on a charge of molesting the woman and attacking her fiance.

    Siddharth, director of IPL team Royal Challengers, Bangalore set up by his father Vijay Mallya, accused her of talking nonsense and went on to say "she was all over me last night and asked for my BBM (blackberry messenger) pin".

    Reacting to his tweets, women activist Ranjana Kumari said nobody has a right to sexually assault her.

    "This kind of juvenile irresponsible behaviour will not be acceptable in the country whosoever the person may be. He must apologise to the women of the country," she said.

    Whatever her profession or character or her background, Kumari said nobody is supposed to ask questions. "What he is doing by tweeting and behaving the way he is behaving, it is insulting woman.

    "By insulting women, he becomes an accomplice of a criminal because sexual assault is a criminal act. If some player has done it who belongs to his team or his father's team, he is trying to protect the player by doing that he should also be arrested," she said.
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    Default IPL molestation case: RCB player Luke Pomersbach gets bail

    Royal Challengers Bangalore player Luke Pomersbach, who was arrested on Friday on the charge of molestation of an American woman, was granted bail by the Patiala House court on Saturday.

    The cricketer has been asked to submit his passport and give a surety of Rs 30,000. There was no evidence found to establish his involvement in non-bailable offences.

    The court delivered the decision after examining the CCTV footage from the five-star hotel and said there is no evidence of criminal trespassing against the 27-year-old Australian cricketer.

    Pomersbach is alleged to have molested a US citizen, Zohal Hameed, on Thursday night after an IPL game.

    The CCTV footage seen by the judge showed three men, including Pomersbach, and a woman believed to be Ms Hameed entering the complainant's room at 5:15am on Friday morning. After 15 minutes, the Aussie cricketer reportedly comes out, only to return at around 6:30 am. The CCTV footage shows Pomersbach knocking on the door but is pushed back.

    Hameed's lawyer said that there was another witness to the alleged incident and the cricketer might try to influence or harm him. Pomersbach's lawyer argued that the court must keep in mind that all of those involved were in an inebriated state and this would not have happened under 'normal' circumstances.
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    Default Fiance confirms victim's charges against Luke

    The Delhi Police on Sunday recorded the statement of Mumbai businessman Sahil Peerzada, who corroborated the version provided by his fiance, an American citizen who was molested allegedly by an Australian cricketer here, while investigators are trying to contact his friend who was present at the time of the incident.

    Investigators recorded Peerzada's statement at the Primus hospital, where he is undergoing treatment after being punched allegedly by Luke Pomersbach two days ago at a five-star hotel, when he objected to the cricketer's "misbehaviour" with his fiance Zohal Hamid.

    Peerzada, a model-turned businessman, told the cops that he was punched "3-4 times" by the Royal Challengers Bangalore member, a senior police official claimed.

    Pomersbach was arrested on Friday after Hamid alleged that he molested her and hit Peerzada when he objected to the cricketer's behaviour. Peerzada was punched in his ear following which he had to undergo a surgery.

    The woman had claimed that when she left the men, her fiance and a common friend from Mumbai, alone and went to her bedroom for catching some sleep, Luke followed her and misbehaved with her.

    On his part, Pomersbach has denied the allegations and said he was attacked by Sahil and injured his right hand. The Australian cricketer said that he was "very relieved" to have been granted bail and has full faith in the judicial system in India.

    "Obviously, I am very relieved after what happened in the court today. I am happy with the support I have got from my family and girl friend back home and the RCB. I am looking forward to get to the bottom of the investigation," Pomersbach said.
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    Default IPL molestation case: Behind the scenes patch up?



    Soon after being discharged from hospital, molestation victim Zohal Hamid's fiance Sahil Peerzada stumped everyone by describing Royal Challengers Bangalore director Sidhartha Mallya as a "nice boy".

    Peerzada was injured by the post-match IPL party at Delhi's ITC Maurya Hotel on Friday night after he tried to restrain RCB player Luke Pomersbach from molesting Hamid.

    The deadline for Jr Mallya to apologise for casting aspersions on US citizen Hamid’s character on Twitter after the later had accused the Australian cricketer of molesting her has ended and there has been no response from the Jr Mallya's side yet.

    The victim had slapped a legal notice after approaching the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) complaining about Siddharth`s tweets after the arrest of Luke Pomersbach, who plays for RCB in IPL, on charges of molesting her and attacking her fiance Sahil Peerzada in a five-star hotel.

    The RCB team director was given a 48-hour deadline to apologise for his remarks.

    Soon after the accusations, Siddharth had tweeted "The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he hit her `fiance`...what a load of f*****g shit. She was all over me last night and asked for me (sic) bbm pin, so if he was her fiance she wasn`t exactly behaving like a future wife."

    Mumbai-based businessman Peerzada, who was allegedly assaulted by the RCB cricketer, was discharged from the hospital on Monday.

    Speaking to mediapersons, Sahil reiterated that it was Luke who had initiated the brawl and he had just politely asked him to leave.

    “He misbehaved with my fiancée. I politely asked him to leave, he did not,” he said.
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    Default Organiser remanded to police custody till May 25




    Vishesh Handa, the organiser of the rave party in Mumbai where nearly 100 people, including two Indian Premier League (IPL) players, were detained late Sunday night, was remanded to police custody till May 25 by a metropolitan court here.

    Handa was arrested early on Monday under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

    Handa, the organiser of the rave party and director of Oakwood Premier Hotel, was arrested under NDPS Act after charas and cocaine were found at the venue.

    Two cricketers from the Pune Warriors team of IPL - Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell - were among the 96 people who were detained at the party.

    Drugs like Ecstasy and charas and 110 grams of cocaine were also seized from the spot.


    BCCI to comment only after investigations

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL on Monday refused to comment or act against the media reports regarding Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma's detention from a rave party in Mumbai.

    Although the Indian Cricket Board secretary Sanjay Jagdale said that the BCCI and IPL are aware of the reports, they will not make any statements till the results of the investigation are out.

    "The BCCI-IPL is aware of media reports regarding two cricketers, Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma, and a party in a Mumbai hotel on Sunday evening," said Jagdale in a media release.

    "There will be no further comment or action by BCCI-IPL until the results of the investigation by the concerned authorities into the above mentioned situation are known," he added.

    Jagdale said that the two players would remain contracted to Pune Warriors India as well as the IPL. "Whilst the players had completed their commitments for the 2012 IPL season, they remain contracted to Pune Warriors India and the IPL," he insisted.

    Parnell and Rahul along with 94 others were detained during a raid on a rave party in Mumbai last night, but were let off on Monday after collection of their blood and urine samples.

    The Indian leg-spinner later denied of any wrongdoings and said that he would quit cricket if found guilty of drug and alcohol abuse.
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