Kathmandu, October 23
The Kathmandu District Court has extended rape-accused cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane’s remand by two more days.
This is the third, and probably the final, extension to let the police complete the investigation. However, as the Tihar holidays will begin on Monday, it is certain that Lamichhane will spend the entire Tihar festival in police custody.
After today, the next working day is Monday, October 31, as per the government’s holiday calendar.
According to a police source, Lamichhane in his statements with police has denied the rape charge although he accepts he was with the girl that day.
Sandeep Lamichhane rape charge: What happened when?
September 6: A 17-year-old girl files a complaint against the then captain of the Nepal national cricket team, Sandeep Lamichhane, accusing him of raping her.
September 8: Kathmandu police receive an arrest warrant against him.
September 8: Cricket Association of Nepal suspends Lamichhane from the team.
September 9: Lamichhane leaves his CPL team, saying he would return home soon.
September 11: The Department of Immigration blacklists rape-accused cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane so that the police can arrest him as soon as he enters the country.
September 25: Lamichhane says he is in isolation to deal with stress but will return to defend the case.
September 26: Nepal Police circulates a diffusion notice among all Interpol members, seeking help to arrest him.
October 6: Lamichhane arrives in Nepal to get arrested.
October 10: Lamichhane gets remanded for seven days to let the police continue the investigation.
October 13: The remand is extended by five days.
October 19: The remand is extended by four days again.
October 23: The remand is extended by two days.