A case has been registered on the Kathmandu District Courtroom towards suspended cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane on the cost of raping a minor.
Authorities legal professional Achyut Mani Neupane knowledgeable that the District Authorities Lawyer’s Workplace (DGAO), Kathmandu filed the chargesheet on Monday afternoon.
Deepak Dahal, info officer on the court docket, stated additional course of will transfer forward solely on Tuesday after the case is assigned to a bench by way of a draw.
The District Police Vary, Kathmandu and the Metropolitan Police Circle, Gaushala had submitted the investigation report on the DGAO on October 21 after finishing their investigation towards Lamichhane. Nevertheless, a case couldn’t be filed towards him then as a result of Tihar holidays.
Police had investigated towards Lamichhane underneath Part 219 of the Nationwide Penal (Code) Act, 2017. The Kathmandu DGAO has demanded a jail sentence of as much as 12 years towards Lamichhane as per sub-section 3 (d) of Part 219, which states that an individual who commits rape shall be liable to imprisonment for a time period of 10 to 12 years if the lady is 16 or above 16 years of age however beneath 18 years of age.
Based on a supply on the District Police Vary, it has additionally sought compensation for the sufferer and police have investigated Lamichhane’s property for that goal.
Police have introduced CCTV footage of the lodge, statements, hospital report as proof towards Lamichhane.
Lamichhane has been denying the allegation towards him. However based on Superintendent of Police Dinesh Raj Mainali, spokesperson for the District Police Vary, Kathmandu, police have collected proof to ascertain the cost towards him.
“We now have collected all types of proof required within the case. We now have additionally recorded statements of many,” he stated.
Police have taken statements of cricketer Dev Khanal, the lodge operator, the hostel operator and others.
Police have additionally recovered chat conversations between Lamichhane and the woman.
Lamichhane, who’s the previous captain of the Nepal cricket workforce, has been accused of raping a minor a number of occasions in a lodge room in Kathmandu on August 21.
A 17-year-old woman filed a rape criticism towards Lamichhane on the Gaushala Police Circle on September 6. Police additionally carried out a well being check-up of the woman the identical day after receiving the criticism.
The woman has complained that Lamichhane took her out to completely different locations of Bhaktapur and Kathmandu on August 21, a day earlier than Lamichhane left for the bilateral sequence with Kenya.
She has accused Lamichhane of raping her a number of occasions in room quantity 305 of a lodge in Kathmandu Metropolitan Metropolis Ward Quantity 9 that evening.
Police have additionally collected CCTV footage of the evening from the lodge. The footage exhibits that Lamichhane had stayed on the lodge for seven hours.
The woman has claimed in her criticism that she had gone to Nagarkot with Lamichhane on August 17 after being launched to him by way of a good friend.
Lamichhane left to play within the Carribbean Premier League on August 22 after main the workforce to a 3-2 victory within the five-match Twenty20 sequence towards Kenya. Rohit Kumar Paudel then led the Nepali workforce within the one-dayers in his absence.
An arrest warrant was issued towards Lamichhane on September 8 and the Cricket Affiliation of Nepal (CAN) suspended him from the nationwide workforce the identical day after issuance of the arrest warrant.
Nepal Police later additionally issued a diffusion discover towards him by way of Interpol on September 26.
Part 219 (2) of the Nationwide Penal (Code) Act, 2017 states: “The place a person has sexual activity with a lady with out her consent or with a lady little one beneath eighteen years of age even together with her consent, the person shall be thought-about to commit rape on such girl or woman little one.”