Sandeep Lamichhane, arguably the most prominent star in the history of Nepal cricket, has been taken into police custody. The former captain of the Nepal National Cricket Team was suspended in September 2022 when reports surfaced on his alleged sexual assault on a minor.
LAMICHHANE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPING A 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL
A 17-year-old woman had filed a lawsuit, asserting that on August 21, Lamichhane escorted her to several locations in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur before bringing her to a lodging in Sinamangal, Kathmandu, where she was assaulted that same night. As Lamichhane’s location was unknown for days, Interpol was notified and a diffusion notice was issued.
Lamichhane has constantly bashed the charges placed against him. Rumours began circulating on his disinterest in returning to Nepal when he announced via Facebook his decision to return. Yesterday, he detailed his opinion on the situation through another post on the social media platform, where he mentioned that he would legally fight this battle. Calling the accusations wrong and hurtful, he doubled down on his desire to return to the cricket field as soon as possible.
Nepal | Former Nepali National team captain Sandeep Lamichhane, accused of raping a minor, arrested & taken into custody by police at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu https://t.co/IRkjcPPPvb pic.twitter.com/xF4f1LK0Ol
— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2022
HE WAS TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY UPON HIS ARRIVAL IN NEPAL
“As per my sincere commitment to submit myself at the authriity of Nepal, I am landing at 10:00 am from Qatar Airways in the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. I have already informed to the Police Authority in written about my submission at will. I have also made humble request to the authority for the presence of my lawful attorney Saroj Krishna Ghimire ( Advocate) during the process of my submission to police authority to ensure my safety and security. I will fully cooperate in all stages of investigation and will fight legal battle to prove my innocence. Let the justice prevail,” he added.
Lamichhane arrived at Tribhuvan Airport on the time he mentioned and was promptly taken into custody by the police.