How did Hamid, Peerzada get invitation?

Following the IPL controversy, in which a US-based girl complained of molestation and beating of her fiancé by a member of the Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB), the Delhi police is now checking the invitation protocol of the IPL party.

According to police sources, they have asked the ITC Maurya Sheraton hotel staff to submit the list of people other than IPL players and IPL coordinators who were present on Thursday night's party when 30-year-old Zohail Hamid was molested by RCB player Luke Pomersbach.

IPL parties are usually invitation-only affairs. Apart from players, special guests, IPL party coordinators and security staff, hotel guests have also access to invitations.

Police has asked the IPL coordinators to provide them the names of such invited guests.

During the investigation, it has been revealed that room number 1640, in which Zohail Hamid and her fiancé Sahil Peerzada were staying for the last two days, was booked on the recommendation of the owner of the Deccan Chargers IPL team.

Sources said that Peerzada has a friend whose father, identified as Barack, is an employee of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Board. On his request, Deccan Chargers owner facilitated an invite for the couple so they could attend the IPL party.

Police has collected CCTV footage from the hotel on Saturday to establish evidences against the accused player.

During investigation it has been revealed that one more youth, identified as Seraj, was present during the scuffle between Peerzada and Pomersbach.

'Seraj is apparently said to be a friend of Peerzada who came from Mumbai. He might be a witness in the case. His pictures are present in the CCTV footage while all four were entering into the hotel room passing from lobby,' said a senior police officer. The police may call Seraj to Delhi for questioning, the officer added.

Pomersbach is alleged to have molested the Zohail Hamid at the ITC Maurya hotel in New Delhi. Her fiancé, Sahil Peerzada, was beaten up by the player when he tried to stop him and was admitted to Primus Hospital.

Pomersbach was later released on interim bail till Saturday on a personal bond of Rs 20,000.

Meanwhile, a doctor attending on Sahil Peerzada in the hospital said he could be discharged from the hospital on Sunday as his condition is now better.

Hospital deputy medical superintendent Deep Makkar stated, 'Sahil Peerzada is absolutely fine now, but he is still under observation. We have to conduct two to three tests, including CT scan.'

'We will evaluate his brain condition again, his bleeding has stopped now,' Makkar said, adding that Peerzada has no hearing loss in his left ear as he had complained earlier. Doctors had on Friday said he could possibly suffer from hearing loss in his left ear due to the injury.


While Australian IPL player Luke Pomersbach got the bail on Saturday, Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) owner Siddhartha Mallya, may have to face the Delhi Women Commission, as Zohail Hamid has lodged a formal complaint against him.

Mallaya had questioned the character of the 30-year-old, just after the arrest of Pomersbach in Delhi, on allegations of having molested the girl at the ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, early Friday morning.

Hamid has sent Mallya a legal notice regarding his comments, and also filed a complaint with DCW.

Pomersbach had allegedly also beaten Hamid's fiance Sahil Peerzada.

On Friday, Mallya had tweeted: 'The girl who is accusing luke is saying he hit her 'fiance'... what a load of f****** s***. She was all over me last night and asked for my BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) pin, so if he was her fiance, she wasn't exactly behaving like a future wife.' DCW chairperson Barkha Singh said she had received the complaint.

'We have received a complaint from Zohail Hamid and will send him (Mallya) a notice. Whatever has been written about her on Twitter has been filed in the complaint. Her lawyers are going to the court too. We are going to pick up this case in the commission,' Singh said on Saturday.

Hamid father is from Afghanistan while her mother is Iranian.

'I'm very upset, hurt and disappointed by Siddhartha's comments posted on Twitter. It's a false claim,' said Hamid, who was spotted in a black blazer and trousers, and had come in a white Mercedes car to Singh's residence in Safdarjung Enclave in south Delhi.

Hamid also sought Mallya's unconditional apology, her advocate Jitender Garg said.

He said, 'A legal notice is issued to Siddhartha Mallya for his Twitter comment. We will wait for his reply. And if he refuses to apologise, we will file a defamation case against him.'


Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach, who has been accused of molesting an American woman and assaulting her fiance, on Saturday said that he was 'very relieved' to have been granted bail and has full faith in the judicial system in India. The 27-year-old cricketer, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, was arrested on Friday on a complaint by the woman who claimed he had invited himself for drinks in her room in a five-star hotel last night and misbehaved with her.

A Delhi court granted him bail and asked him to deposit two surety bonds of USD 551 each. He was also asked to surrender his passport.

'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 told reporters outside the court here. The Australian cricketer, who has a history of brawls and brush with police in his country, said he was disappointed with the allegations levelled against him. 'I am disappointed with the way the allegations were made on me. It's sickening. I have faith in the justice system (in India), looking forward to get to the bottom of it. I am happy that I have been granted bail,' he said.

Asked how the investigations would proceed in the coming days, he said, 'I have no idea what is going to happen in the next few days.'

A case was registered against Pomersbach under various Sections of IPC including section 354 of Indian Penal Code (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurt), 454 (house trespass) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment). The woman claimed that when she left the men, her fiance and a common friend from west Indian Mumbai city, alone and went to her bedroom for catching some sleep Luke followed her and misbehaved with her.
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