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Old clipped interview of cricketer Lamichhane goes viral with misleading claim

As the investigation into the rape chargers against suspended Nepali cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane continues, many unconfirmed videos linked with the star cricketer are being shared online. One such video claims that the interview clip of Lamichhane proves that the Prime Minister himself was involved in framing the cricketer. Newschecker found that the viral clip is shared out of context.

The Kathmandu District Court (KDC) on Wednesday extended the judicial remand of Lamichhane by four more days. This is the third time Lamichhane’s remand was extended since his arrest on October 6.

Lamichhane was suspended by the Cricket Association of Nepal on September 8 after an arrest warrant was issued against him over an alleged rape case. A 17-year-old girl in the presence of her guardian lodged a rape complaint against Lamichhane at Gaushala Police Circle in Kathmandu. Lamichhane, who was in the West Indies to participate in CPL 2022 when the case was lodged against him, pulled out of the tournament and announced that he would turn himself in to the police.

According to Nepal’s Criminal Code 2017, anyone having sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent or, in the case of a woman below eighteen years of age even with her consent, shall be deemed to have committed rape.

In this context, TikTok user @subodhsah195 posted a video, showing an interview clip of Sandeep Lamichhane in which he is heard saying, “The Prime Minister said Sandeep has shone, right. But when will the other players shine? They are giving the same performance, and have worked equally hard. When will the situation be created so that every one of them shine? I may sound bad for asking this question, and I am sorry for that.” Text superimposed on the video reads, “It has become certain after listening to this [Sandeep speaking] that the Prime Minister has directed to frame Sandeep.”

Screengrab from the viral video.

The video posted on October 7 has garnered 15.7k likes, 214 users have shared it, and 166 people have commented until the last count.

Also Read: No, Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane Has Not Been Proven Innocent, Viral Video Is False

Fact Check /Verification

To check the authenticity of the claim made in the viral video, Newschecker closely observed the viral footage and saw renowned Nepali personality Rupesh Shrestha. This gave us the clue that the interview clip is from the popular talk show called Fireside broadcast every Monday in Kantipur Television channel by Journalist Rupesh Shrestha. Taking it as a clue, we conducted a search on YouTube using keywords ‘Sandeep Lamichhane Fireside’ which threw up several results with Lamichhane’s Interview by Journalist Shrestha in Kantipur Television’s flagship program fireside.

We checked the interview published on the YouTube Channel of Kantipur HD TV on February 22, 2021, and found that the frame from the 47.37-minute timestamp exactly matched the viral video. On listening to the interview, we found that the words of Lamichhane exactly matched the viral video. We also understood the context that Lamichhane was referring to the poor conditions of other Nepali players though the then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli praised his achievement in cricket.

Taking an example of Sandeep Lamichhane, then PM KP Sharma Oli, who is also the Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), had said that Nepali were capable of doing anything if they were given the opportunities. But Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba has become the prime minister since July 2021.

Conclusion

The claim that Prime Minister conspired to frame Lamichhane is false and the viral video clip is an old interview of the rape accused cricketer from a popular talk show broadcast by Kantipur TV in February 2021.

Result: Missing Context

Sources

Kantipur TV HD


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Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing breaking news and features on Nepali politics, society, environment and current affairs. Most of his work appeared in Kathmandu Post, where he spent over ten years leading and managing the online team and putting innovative ideas into practice. Besides overseeing daily news, features and visual journalism, he’s also translated and edited content. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of news and information has become essential today than ever before.
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing breaking news and features on Nepali politics, society, environment and current affairs. Most of his work appeared in Kathmandu Post, where he spent over ten years leading and managing the online team and putting innovative ideas into practice. Besides overseeing daily news, features and visual journalism, he’s also translated and edited content. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of news and information has become essential today than ever before.

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