Sandeep Lamichhane, a cricket player, is now free to travel abroad after the government was directed by the Supreme Court (SC) to not hold him in detention.
The division bench of justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Kumar Chudal rendered the decision requested by petitioner Sandeep Lamichhane after hearing his writ appeal against the Patan High Court’s judgment restricting his international visit and the district attorney’s writ ordering his detention.
Sandeep Lamichhane, a member of the national cricket team who was charged with raping a juvenile, was told by the SC that he should not be put behind bars again.
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On Monday, the High Court’s ruling was affirmed by a bench of Justices Sapna Pradhan Malla and Kumar Chudal, who also directed that he not be imprisoned once more.
Sandeep was granted bail on January 12 by a division bench of judges from the Patan High Court, Dhruvraj Nand and Ramesh Dhakal. Traveling outside of the Kathmandu Valley and exiting Nepal were prohibited. It was stated that if the court’s requirement is not met, this order will be promptly revoked. Lamichhane complained to the SC about the High Court decision, claiming that he had to travel abroad to play cricket.
The public prosecutor appealed the High Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court.
Lamichhane was given permission to travel for matches abroad by the SC, but he was also told to inform the court within 15 days of any such trips.