Kathmandu, November 18
Police are preparing to ask the Kathmandu District Court to extend the remand of Nepal cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane, accused of raping a minor, yet again.
The time allowed for the police to keep him in custody is expiring today, but the investigation to forward the case to the attorney’s office has not been over yet. Hence, the police want to keep him in custody for the next few days, informs SP Dinesh Mainali of the Kathmandu District Police Range.
“As today is a public holiday, we’ll present him before the court tomorrow,” says Mainali.
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 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.