Zohal Hamid moves HC to withdraw molestation case against Pomersbach

 Pomersbach was arrested last Friday for allegedly molesting her and injuring her fiance Sahil Peerzada after an IPL party in a five-star hotel in Delhi

New Delhi: American national Zohal Hamid on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the first information report (FIR) in the molestation case against Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach after both the parties reached a settlement last night, reports PTI.

The petition by Zohal in the High Court is likely to be taken up on Friday.

Pomersbach was arrested last Friday for allegedly molesting her and injuring her fiance Sahil Peerzada after an IPL party in a five-star hotel here.

Pomersbach, playing for Royal Bangalore Challengers (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), was later released on bail on the condition that he would not leave the country and contact Zohal.

Pomersbach had allegedly hit Sahil when he objected to the cricketer's alleged misbehaviour with Zohal. In the fight, Pomersbach had also got his right hand fractured.

The first indication to this out of court settlement came yesterday when Sahil's brother Feroz claimed they did not want to pursue the case. Feroz had said that Pomersbach should not have done what he did.

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Ashok Chavan to depose before Adarsh panel on 30 June

Chavan filed a fresh application clarifying that in his earlier letter he did not intend to suggest that he would not be available to the commission

Mumbai: In a U-turn, Maharashtra's former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday told the two-member inquiry commission probing the Adarsh housing society scam he is ready to appear before it on 30th June, reports PTI.

Chavan, an accused in the Adarsh case, also being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had on 22nd May sought exemption from appearance before the judicial panel, saying his evidence would have been relevant only on issues of ownership of the land on which the 31-storey building stands and whether it was reserved for Kargil widows and war heroes.

The two issues have already been decided by the panel.

"As the commission has already submitted its report to the government on these issues I (Chavan) may be exempted," the former Chief Minister had said in his application.

However, Chavan filed a fresh application today clarifying that he did not intend to suggest that he would not be available to the commission.

"The applicant's (Chavan) only request is that he be called for deposition on or after June 30. The applicant has been named by CBI in their FIR and in view of his requirement in Delhi in a pending proceeding, his deposition before the commission may be deferred," today's application says.

The commission headed by Justice (retd) J A Patil accepted Chavan's application and directed him to appear before it on 30th June, while disposing of his previous petition seeking exemption.

Chavan, who was earlier directed to appear on 23rd May, will now give his deposition after the commission completes recording the evidence of Union Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde.

The commission had yesterday summoned Deshmukh and Shinde, both former Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, on 21-22 June and 25-26 June, respectively.

The panel, in its interim report, had said the land belonged to the state government, contrary to the claim of Ministry of Defence that it was defence land.

Chavan is alleged to have recommended allotment of 40% flats in the Adarsh Housing Society, said to be originally meant for Kargil widows and war heroes, to civilians.

His relatives were alleged to have got flats in the building as quid-pro-quo for extending favours to the society.

Chavan was the Revenue Minister from 1999 to 2003 when the land was allotted to the housing society and Deshmukh the Chief Minister.

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High Court refuses to ask government to withdraw Army press release

While disposing off a petition by Tejinder Singh seeking withdrawal of the alleged defamatory press release, the HC said taking disciplinary action is part and parcel of the disciplinary authority

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to direct the Centre to take back a press release of the Army alleging that Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh offered a bribe to the Army Chief in connection with a defence deal, reports PTI.

"The Union of India cannot be directed to disown or retract the aforesaid press release," Justice Mukta Gupta said while disposing off a petition by Tejinder Singh seeking withdrawal of the alleged defamatory press release.

The court also considered the reply of the Ministry of Defence that it had no role in the issuance of 5th March press release as it was given out by the Army Headquarters.

The court, however, said that Tejinder Singh could make a representation before the authorities concerned seeking initiation of disciplinary proceedings against five Army officials including Chief of Army Staff Gen VK Singh.

"Taking disciplinary action is part and parcel of the disciplinary authority. In case a representation is made for taking the action, the same would be considered by the authorities concerned," Justice Gupta said.

Former Army officer Tejinder Singh had approached the high court seeking withdrawal of the press release of the Army on the ground that it had violated his fundamental right to reputation.

However, the court did not agree with the plea after the Centre made it clear that it was not responsible for the actions of some Army officials.

"It is a service matter and such kind of petition against the government is not maintainable," Additional Solicitor General AS Chandhiok said during the arguments.

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