Nepal’s star cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane convicted in rape case

Nepal cricket team’s star spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been found guilty in the rape case. Kathmandu District Court convicted him raping a girl by taking advantage of her financial condition.

Judge Shishirraj Dhakal’s bench has ruled to uphold the charges against Sandeep Lamichhane. The court has stipulated that a separate hearing will be necessary to determine the length of imprisonment, as any term exceeding three years requires distinct consideration to establish the severity of the offence. Another court session has been scheduled to determine the duration of Sandeep Lamichhane’s prison sentence.

The bench concluded that he exploited the financial vulnerability of the victims of Gaushala 26. Additionally, the court dismissed the assertion that the victim is a minor, citing various documents as the basis for this decision.

In such instances, there is a legal provision allowing the defendant the right to appeal to the High Court and remain free pending the appeal if the sentence is below 10 years. Sandeep Lamichhane won’t be required to go to jail immediately if the sentence is less than 10 years. Currently, he is not in prison and has the option to appeal to the High Court.

A police complaint was registered against Lamichhane for an allegation of raping a minor on September 6, 2022. A couple of days later, Kathmandu police received an arrest warrant against him, and The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) suspended him. A day passed, and He left his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) team, saying he would return home soon.

Meanwhile, Nepal Police issued a diffusion notice among all Interpol members, seeking help to arrest him after the cricketer was contactless. However, He took his social media to inform that he was in isolation to deal with the anxiety.

Lamichhane was taken into custody on October 6 after his arrival in Nepal. His remand was pushed further several times for a detailed investigation. On October 31, The government attorney’s office filed a lawsuit, demanding a jail sentence of 10 to 12 years, against the leg break bowler.

He was released on a NRs. 20 lakhs (Rs. 2 million/ USD 15,300) bail by the Patan High Court on January 12, 2023.