The CBI on Thursday informed the Calcutta high court that Nicole Tamang, prime accused in the murder of All India Gorkha League chief Madan Tamang, has fled to Nepal after escaping from CID custody and steps were being taken for a red-corner notice against him.
CBI counsel Himangshu Dey submitted a report before a division bench comprising chief justice JN Patel and justice Asim Kumar Roy stating that it had credible information that Tamang had fled to Nepal.
He said that at 7am on March 11, Tamang was seen crossing the Indo-Nepal border.
Interception of the mobile phones of Tamang's relatives also indicated that he was in Nepal, Dey submitted.
The CBI counsel said that steps were being taken to issue a red corner notice against him and Interpol has already been informed.
The matter would be taken up for hearing again on July 21, when the CBI would have to file another progress report.
Madan Tamang was murdered in broad daylight on May 21 2010 at Chowrasta in Darjeeling town where he was to address a public meeting.
Nicole, a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha central committee member, absconded after the murder and was arrested by the CID on August 15 from a hideout at Bijonbari in Darjeeling.
He disappeared from CID custody in Pintail village near Siliguri on August 21.
While the CID had claimed that Nicole had fled from its custody, his wife Prema Tamang filed a petition in the high court alleging foul play by the state investigating agency and prayed for a CBI probe.
Prema had filed a habeous corpus petition in the HC asking the police to produce her husband before the court.