Kathmandu, February 24
The Supreme Court has refused to let rape-accused cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane go abroad to play for the Nepal cricket team.
A single bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada issued the order on Friday in response to an appeal filed by Lamichhane.
The Nepal cricket team are leaving Kathmandu on Saturday for the next tri-series under the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, being held in the United Arab Emirates.
The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), Nepal’s cricket governing body, has already said it will not include rape-accused Sandeep Lamichhane in the Nepal cricket team. Yet, CAN manager Binod Das told the court today that the association would be ready to take responsibility for him while abroad if the court allowed.
The bench also said the next hearing of the government’s appeal to take him back to judicial custody would take place on Sunday.
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.
October 31: The government attorney’s office files a lawsuit, demanding a jail sentence of 10 to 12 years, against Sandeep Lamichhane
November 4: The cricket star is sent to judicial custody until the final verdict.
January 12: Patan High Court orders to release him on bail.
January 31: CAN lifts suspension of Sandeep Lamichhane hours after the Office of the Attorney General files an appeal demanding he is sent back into judicial custody.
February 2: CAN includes Lamichhane back into the national team.
February 3: The Supreme Court orders the Patan High Court to submit all documents related to the Sandeep Lamichhane rape charge.
February 9: CAN includes Lamichhane in the final squad for a tri-series under ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, courting controversy.
February 24: The Supreme Court refuses to let Lamichhane leave the country for playing cricket as demanded by him.