Kathmandu: Suspended Captain of the Nepali national cricket team Sandeep Lamichhane has been remanded to seven-day judicial custody effective from last Thursday.
A bench of Kathmandu District Court allowed police to keep Lamichhane under custody until October 13 for an investigation into a rape allegation against him.
Lamichhane accused of raping a minor girl was presented before the court on Monday to seek the court’s permission for judicial custody. The District Attorney’s Office had sought a 15-day remand for an investigation into the case.
During the initial hearing, Lamichhane pleaded not guilty.
Although Lamichhane was arrested on Thursday from Tribhuvan International Airport after arriving in Nepal, he was not presented before the court as the courts in Nepal were closed due to the Dashain festival.
Police had arrested Lamichhane immediately after he landed at the airport on a flight of Qatar Airways and was kept at Metropolitan Police Circle, Gaushala, where the victim girl had filed a rape complaint against him.
A minor girl had filed a rape case against Lamichhane on September 6 at a time when he was out of the country to play Caribbean Premier League (CPL).