IPL molestation case headed for out-of-court settlement?

Updated: 23 May 2012 17:44 IST

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.

New Delhi:

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.

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

Despite mulling not to pursue the case, Mr Peerzada's brother Pheroz insisted that Mr 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 Ms Hameed's character, created another controversy.

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

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

The lawyers of Ms Hameed or Mr 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.

Topics : Cricket Indian Premier League 2012 Luke Pomersbach
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