Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Luke Pomersbach was arrested by the Delhi Police today for allegedly molesting a United States national and assaulting her fiance in a local hotel last night.
According to the police, the incident occurred when Pomersbach, 27, an Australian, was partying in the Indian American woman's room. When her fiance Sahil intervened, he too was boxed by Luke, the police said.
The woman's fiance was admitted to a private hospital here, where doctors said his condition was stable and that he had been kept under observation. They said the man had complained of a hearing problem in one ear.
The police said a case had been registered against the player under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Pomersbach was later produced in a local court which granted him bail for a day until tomorrow. He was earlier taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital here for a medical examination.
Meanwhile, RCB owner Vijay Mallya has said that Pomersbach would not play for the team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) until he was cleared of all the charges.
IPL chief Rajiv Shukla said IPL could not be responsible for individual players' behaviour in their hotel rooms. "There was no official party hosted by the IPL. It's the behaviour of an individual, let the police handle it."
The players, known as "Pomers", has had brushes with the law before and was banned indefinitely by the Western Australia Cricket Association in August 2009. The ban was lifted later and he returned to first class cricket in January 2010.
Pomersbach played for Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons of the IPL. He has not played in a single match for RCB this season.