Nepal cricketer and national team captain Sandeep Lamichhane has been sent to police custody for 7 days by a Kathmandu District Court on Monday to further investigate rape accusations against him. Lamichhane, 22, was arrested last week after being apprehended by Nepal Police upon his arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport on October 6.
A 17-year-old girl accused the Nepal cricket team captain of taking her to various places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur all day on August 21 and bringing her to a hotel in Sinamangal of Kathmandu where she was raped the same night. Soon after the complaint was made, an arrest warrant was issued from Kathmandu District Court. While the incident unfolded back in Nepal, the star cricketer was abroad to play Caribbean Premier League (CPL) from Jamaica Tallawahs.
I Am Sure I Will Get Justice: Sandeep Lamichhane
The Nepal police had to even ask Interpol to help them nab Lamichhane after he remained off the grid for a month but updated posts on his social media accounts claiming his innocence. Nepal police finally arrested him on arrival in the country.
The court can grant a time of up to 25 days from his arrest to investigate the case before filing a criminal case against him. This means that the police, who arrested Lamichhane on the 11th day of Dashain and it would be the fourth day of his being kept in jail, the Police would now have a total of 21 days to investigate the matter.
“I am sure I will get justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for a speedy trial. I will fully cooperate in all stages of the investigation and will fight a legal battle to prove my innocence. Let the justice prevail,” Sandeep Lamichhane said in a Facebook post.