Protest against CAN’s decision to scrap Sandeep Lamichhane’s suspension

Public outrage is ignited by the decision of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) to scrap suspension and include Sandeep Lamichhane, the former captain of national men’s cricket team.

Lamichhane was suspended with alleged rape case but the CAN’s meeting Tuesday held in Pokhara withdrew the suspension and Lamichhane participated at the training on Thursday.

Opposing the decision taken by the CAN, public, today, have protested at Maitighar Mandala, Kathmandu with placards including “CAN or Cannot?”, “boycott CAN”, “CAN the protector of rapists”, “Are we safe?” among others.

The protest was organized spontaneously using social media platforms like Twitter, and Facebook. The protesters have demanded not to include Lamichhnae in the National team as his case is at the Court and such activities victimize the victims more.

Lamichhane was charged for raping a minor and was arrested on October 6. But, The Patan High Court on January 12 decided to release Lamichhane on bail of Rs two million with some other conditions.

However, the office of the Attorney General has filed a petition at the Supreme Court demanding to revoke an order of the Patan High Court and demanded that Lamichhane has to be kept in custody for further investigations in the case.