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HC orders Nickole probe cop’s appearance

Calcutta, Dec 9: Calcutta High Court today directed the CID officer conducting the probe into the disappearance of Nickole Tamang, one of the main accused in the Madan Tamang murder case, to appear in the court on December 20 with documents related to the investigation.

The division bench of Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Asim Roy came down heavily on the CID for its failure to take action against the officers responsible for Nickole’s disappearance.

“How can the CID conduct the probe when the person concerned disappeared from its custody? Who had granted permission to the CID to take over Madan Tamang murder case from the police? Why had the CID not taken any action against the officers, who were responsible for Nickole Tamang’s disappearance?” asked the bench.

The state lawyer, Debabrata Roy, then told the court that the government had handed over the Madan Tamang probe to the CBI.

“Since the Madan Tamang murder case has been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the central investigating agency will conduct probes on all related issues,” Roy said.

But the court declined to accept Roy’s argument and asked the CID investigating officer to appear in court.

The order followed a habeas corpus petition filed by Nickole’s wife Pema Tamang, seeking a directive to the authorities to produce her husband dead or alive before the court. She had also demanded a CBI probe into her husband’s disappearance.

Nickole was arrested on August 16 in connection with the murder of the ABGL president in Darjeeling on May 21.

Nickole allegedly escaped from CID custody from Pintail Village on the outskirts of Siliguri on August 22.

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