Sandeep Lamichhane: The Legal Saga Unfolds
In a shocking turn of events, Nepal’s cricket sensation, Sandeep Lamichhane, is now confronting an eight-year jail term. The Kathmandu District Court, led by Judge Shishir Raj Dhakal, delivered this unsettling verdict on Wednesday, January 10.
Accompanying the severe sentence, Lamichhane has been slapped with a hefty Rs.3 lakh fine and directed to pay Rs.2 lakh as compensation to the victim. The cricket fraternity, once enamored by Lamichhane’s spin prowess, is now grappling with the repercussions of this legal turmoil.
The Timeline of Allegations
The legal predicament traces back to September 2022 when the victim filed a case against Lamichhane, accusing him of rape in August 2021. The culmination of months of trial and investigation occurred on December 29, 2023, when Lamichhane was officially convicted.
The case witnessed its share of twists, notably the victim’s initial claim of being a minor at the time, which was later refuted by the court. Lamichhane, who was arrested upon his return from the 2022 Caribbean Premier League, sought recourse in the high court, challenging the district court’s decision to send him to the Sundhara-based Central Jail.
Rollercoaster of Restrictions
Throughout the legal proceedings, Lamichhane’s movements were curtailed. He faced travel bans and had to seek prior approval from law enforcement to leave Kathmandu. Despite these impediments, a temporary reprieve came from the Supreme Court, lifting the restrictions. This ruling allowed Lamichhane to continue his cricket journey, participating in both national and franchise leagues in 2023.
Navigating the complexities of the legal system, Sandeep Lamichhane’s life has taken a dramatic turn. From the highs of cricket glory to the lows of a courtroom battle, the future remains uncertain for this once-celebrated leg-spinner.