Sandeep Lamichhane, the suspended captain of the national cricket team, has been sent to prison. The Kathmandu District Court ordered to send Lamichhane to judicial custody on Friday.
The single bench of Kathmandu District Court Judge Madhav Prasad Ghimire sent Lamichhane to judicial custody until the case filed against him is decided. He is sent to judicial custody after the completion of the bail hearing which began on Wednesday.
The argument on behalf of the plaintiff and the defendant was over on Friday.
Supporters of Lamichhane were hopeful that he could be released on bail as his and the survivor’s statements with the police had contradicted and his statements could be upheld by the court. However, the court sent him behind bars even before proving him guilty.
With the court order, he is being kept at the Central Jail, Sundhara.
Senior advocates, including Raman Kumar Shrestha, Krishna Prasad Sapkota, Lava Kumar Mainali, Sabita Bhandari Baral and, and advocates Sudha Rijal, Subash Pathak, Anurag Subedi, and Prabin Subedi pleaded on behalf of Lamichhane.
The Office of the District Government Attorney on Monday registered a case against Lamichhane charging him with raping a minor and demanding a prison sentence of up to 12 years against him.
On September 6, a 17-year-old minor filed a complaint against Lamichhane at the Gaushala Police Circle.
Lamichhane, who has been in police custody since he was arrested following an FIR filed against him, has been denying the charge of raping the teenager girl. He had given a statement that he is innocent and did not rape the girl.
Chronology of events in this case after a girl alleged Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane of rape.
-A 17-year-old girl files a complaint against Sandeep Lamichhane, accusing him of raping her.
-Kathmandu police receive an arrest warrant against him.
-Cricket Association of Nepal suspended Lamichhane from the team.
-Lamichhane leaves his CPL team, saying he would return home soon.
-The Department of Immigration blacklists rape-accused Lamichhane so that the police can arrest him as soon as he enters the country.
-Lamichhane says he is in isolation to deal with stress but will return to defend the case.
-Nepal Police circulates a diffusion notice among all Interpol members, seeking help to arrest him.
-Lamichhane arrives in Nepal to get arrested.
-Lamichhane gets remanded for seven days to let the police continue the investigation.
-The remand is extended by five days.
-The remand is extended by four days again.
-The government attorney’s office files a lawsuit, demanding a jail sentence of 10 to 12 years, against Sandeep Lamichhane
-The cricket star is sent to judicial custody until the final verdict.