High Court releases Sandeep Lamichhane on bail

Sandeep Lamichhane

Nepal’s star cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane, who was accused of a rape case, has been released on a NRs. 20 lakhs (Rs. 2 million/ USD 15,300) bail by the Patan High Court on Thursday.

Lamichhane was granted bail after a bench of High Court judges Dhruvraj Bhattarai, and Ramesh Dhakal overruled the Kathmandu District Court’s decision.

On November 4, 2022, he was sent to judicial custody until the final verdict by Kathmandu District Court. He was accused of raping the minor. However, Birgunj’s Narayani Hospital recently reported the lady not being a minor.

A police complaint was registered against Lamichhane for an allegation of raping a 17-year-old 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.

Sandeep Lamichhane
Sandeep Lamichhane was arrested at TIA, Kathmandu. Photo: Suman Nepali/Nepali Times

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.