Sandeep Lamichhane was taken into custody in October last year after a 17-year-old girl accused him of raping her in a hotel room.

Nepal cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane, who was accused of raping a minor, has been released on bail by the country’s top court on Thursday. The Patan High Court ordered release of Lamichhane with the bail of Rs 2 million, according to the court sources.

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Lamichhane was taken into custody in October last year after a court in Nepal issued a arrest warrant against the Nepal cricket team captain on September 8. A 17-year-old girl had alleged that Lamichhane raped her in a hotel room in Kathmandu.

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A joint bench of judges Dhruvaraj Nanda and Ramesh Dhakal decided to release the former IPL star on bail of Rs 2 million, reversing the decision of the Kathmandu district court. In October, Lamichhane wrote on Facebook that he would “fully cooperate in all stages of the investigation and will fight a legal battle to prove my innocence”, before being arrested.

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However, Lamichhane has been barred to leave the country until the final verdict of the court in the case. Lamichhane is Nepal’s most high-profile cricketer, and the first cricketer from Nepal to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), when he made his debut for the Delhi Capitals franchise in 2018.

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A wily leg-spinner, armed with a vicious googly, he was a much sought-after cricketer in other big-ticket T20 leagues around the world, including the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the CPL.

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The prodigiously gifted cricketer holds the record for the world’s second-fastest bowler to capture 50 ODI wickets and the third-fastest to race to 50 T20I wickets. Lamichhane’s last international appearance came in August this year, when he played against Kenya in a T20I encounter.