Suspended Nepal cricket captain Sandeep Lamichhane claims “innocence” amid rape accusations
Sandeep Lamichhane, suspended captain of Nepal cricket team, who has been accused of rape, released a public statement on Friday claiming that “he is innocent”.
Additionally, he declared that he will leave the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and return to Nepal in a short while.
“I am innocent and keep complete belief in the respectable laws of Nepal. I have decided to take a leave from CPL and go back to my country within a few days. Also I am ready to face all these baseless allegations. May justice be served to the innocent and the right investigation to be done towards everyone involved. Hope the law acts equal to everyone,” tweeted Sandeep Lamichhane on a rape complaint against him.
Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has suspended Nepal captain Sandeep Lamichhane following the issuance of an arrest warrant against him over allegations of raping a minor girl.
The decision to remove Lamichhane from the national squad was made at a meeting of the CAN performance committee on Thursday, according to CAN Acting Secretary Prashant Vikram Malla.
A 17-year-old girl filed a complaint on Tuesday at the Gaushala Metropolitan Police Circle, accusing the 25-year-old spinner of repeatedly raping her.
The Police launched an investigation into the complaint a day after receiving it, gathering CCTV footage. And also other pertinent pieces of evidence in accordance with the victim’s account.
Following the court’s issuance of the arrest order, the Nepal Police is getting ready to use the Nepal Cricket Association to return Lamicchane, who is currently playing for the West Indies in the Caribbean League.
The 25-year-old spinner charged with raping a 17-year-old juvenile in a Kathmandu hotel. The crime perpetrated on August 21, according to a statement released by the police on Wednesday.
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeep25) September 9, 2022
Bharat Bahadur Bohora, the chief of the Kathmandu district police range, said that the police circle in the city’s Gaushala filed the complaint on Wednesday.
“The police are sensitive to such serious incidents. We have made the supposed survivor undergo a health checkup and launched an investigation,” said Rabindra Prasad Dhanuk, the Kathmandu Valley Police Office chief.
The teenage girl said that she was a fan of the cricketer. And to have communicated with him on WhatsApp and Snapchat. She also claims that Lamichhane made the initial meeting proposal.
Leg spinner Lamichhane appointed as the captain of the Nepal cricket team. Previously, Lamichhane led the Nepal Under-19 team in both the 2016 Asia Cup. And the 2017 Asian Cricket Council World Cup Qualifier. In addition, he participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On the other hand, the Police opened an inquiry. In accordance with Section 219 of the National Penal (Code) Act, 2017 after receiving the complaint.
The National Penal (Code) Act, 2017 has criminalized the offence of rape under Chapter- 18, Section 219. Section 219 (2) defines rape as “where any person has sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent or with a girl child below eighteen years of age even with her consent. Also the person shall considered to commit rape on a such woman or girl child.”
Section 219 (2) (a) states that consent obtained by way of coercion, undue influence, intimidation, threat, misinterpretation, or kidnapping or taking of hostage shall not considered consent. Furthermore, section 219 (2) (b) ensures that consent obtained at the time of unsoundness of mind shall not considered consent. If proven guilty, Lamichhane would be facing imprisonment of 10 to 12 years.