Court refuses to send Sandeep Lamichhane abroad

Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane, accused of rape, celebrates after taking a wicket for Scotland, during a match held in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, in Kathmandu, Tuesday, February 21, 2023. Photo : Bikash Shrestha

Kathmandu, February 24

The Supreme Court has refused to allow cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane, accused of rape, to go abroad to play for the Nepalese cricket team.

A single court under Judge Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada issued the order on Friday in response to an appeal filed by Lamichhane.

The Nepal cricket team leaves Kathmandu on Saturday for the upcoming tri-series under the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 which is held in the United Arab Emirates.

The Nepal Cricket Association (CAN), the governing body for cricket in Nepal, has already said will not include Sandeep Lamichhane, accused of rape on the Nepalese cricket team. However, CAN manager Binod Das told the court today that the association would be ready to take responsibility for him while he is abroad if the court allowed it.

The court also said that the upcoming hearing of the government’s appeal to take him back into court custody would take place on Sunday.

Sandeep Lamichhane rape allegation: What happened when?


September 6: a 17 year old girl file a complaint against the then captain of the Nepal national cricket team, Sandeep Lamichhane, accusing him of raping her.

September 8th: Kathmandu police receive a arrest warrant against him.

September 8th: Nepal Cricket Association Lamichhane suspends of the team

September 9: Lamichhane leaves his CPL team, saying i would come home soon.

11 of September: He Immigration Department black lists Sandeep Lamichhane, a cricket star accused of rape, so that the police can arrest him as soon as he enters the country.

September 25th: Lamichane says he is isolated to deal with the stress, but will return to plead the case.

September 26: Nepal Police broadcast notice circulates among all the members of Interpol, seeking help to arrest him.

October 6: Lamichhane arrives in Nepal to get arrested.

October 10th: lamichhane receive preventive detention for seven days Let the police continue with the investigation.

October 13: pretrial detention is extended for five days.

October 19: pretrial detention is extended for four days again.

October 23: Pretrial detention is extended for two days.

31 October: The government attorney’s office file a lawsuit demanding a jail term of 10 to 12 years, against Sandeep Lamichhane

November 4th: The cricket star is sent to court custody until the final verdict.


12th of January: Patan High Court Orders release him on bail.

January 31: CAN lift the suspension of Sandeep Lamichhane hours after the Attorney General of the Republic file an appeal demanding that he be sent back into judicial custody.

February 2: The CAN once again includes Lamichhane in the selection.

February 3rd: The Supreme Court orders the Patan High Court to send all documents related to the rape charge of Sandeep Lamichhane.

February 9: CAN includes Lamichhane in the final team for a tri-series under ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, courtship controversy.

February 24th: The Supreme Court refuses to allow Lamichhane to leave the country for playing cricket as he demanded.

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