Wednesday, February 28

Supreme court grants Sandeep to play abroad

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been granted permission by the Supreme Court to play abroad, overturning the decision of the Patan High Court.

Sandeep, who is accused of coercion of a minor signed a petition to the Supreme Court requesting permission to play overseas which was granted by the bench of Supreme Court judges Sapana Malla Pradhan and Kumar Chudal on Monday. However, he is required to report back to the court within 15 days of the tournament’s completion.

The allegations against Sandeep were filed on September 6, leading to an arrest warrant being issued by the Kathmandu District Court on September 8. On November 4, 2022, the District Court of Kathmandu ordered him to be detained until the final hearing of the case.

On January 12, the Patan High Court ordered Sandeep’s release from pre-trial detention with a bond of 2 million and certain restrictions. These included a ban on speaking about his case on social media or to the press, as well as being prohibited from speaking or meeting the petitioner and leaving the country.

Following Sandeep’s release, the Board Meeting of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) held on January 31 at Pokhara lifted the ban imposed on him. With the upliftment of the ban, CAN involved him in the national team. He then featured in a tri-series at home under the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 and took the utmost of 13 wickets.

The Nepal National Team is currently in the UAE competing against PNG and UAE under CWC League 2, and Sandeep is expected to join them following the Supreme Court’s decision.

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