The case took place in September 2022. After investigation and hearing, the court finally pronounced the verdict in that case today. This is the verdict of Kathmandu District Court – Nepal’s most famous cricketer Sandeep Lamichane is guilty of raping an 18-year-old girl. It is certain that he is going to be jailed, but the court will tell how many years of jail will be in the next hearing.
The final hearing of this case started last Sunday. There, Judge Shishir Raj Dhakal said in a bench verdict that 23-year-old Lamichhane was guilty.
Lamichhan was charged under Section 219 of the Criminal Code of Nepal 2074. According to that section, if a person engages in sexual relations with a woman above 16 years but below 18 years with the woman’s will or against her will, the guilty person can be sentenced to 10 to 12 years in jail.
Lamichane, however, is currently out on bail in this case, with a bail period of January 12. Due to this bail, he has played in many matches including the Asia Cup for Nepal this year.
In September 2022, the Kathmandu District Court Attorney’s Office filed a case against Lamichan. He allegedly raped the 17-year-old girl on August 21 of that year. When this case was filed, the Nepalese leg-spinner was playing in the Caribbean Premier League. After returning to the country in October, Lamichane was arrested by the police at the airport.
The complainant also alleged physical and mental abuse against Lamichan. That’s why the district court attorney’s lawsuit claims damages. Lamichhan’s bank accounts and assets were seized after the charge sheet was issued following that claim.