The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the FIR lodged by US citizen Zohal Hamid,who had accused Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach of molesting her and assaulting her fiance.
Justice M L Mehta said no purpose was going to be served by continuing with the case since the complainant and accused were foreigners and now wanted to go back after settling the complaint.
Let them go back to their respective countries. Let it be a happy ending after they say they have compromised and consider this to be an unfortunate situation. Nothing remains to be adjudicated after their settlement. Since they resolved the dispute and wanted to go back to their respective countries,I allow their prayer to quash the FIR, said Justice Mehta.
During the proceedings,Hamid,Luke and Sahil Peerzada personally requested the court to get the FIR quashed and averred that the incident occurred due to a misunderstanding.
Citing mutual misunderstanding and discord, Pomersbach along with Hamid and Peerzada had moved the court jointly a day before and sought quashing of the criminal case lodged against the cricketer under molestation and assault charges. The three made the plea,terming the incident leading to registration of the FIR unfortunate and saying that they have amicably settled their disputes and wished to end it.
Pomersbach,playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL,was arrested on May 18 after Hamid alleged that he had molested her in a five-star hotel and beaten up her fiance. Pomersbach was later released on bail on the condition that he would not leave the country or contact Hamid. The trio said they mutually decided to end all their disputes.