Nandini Krishnan and Nikhil Nirmal in happier times.
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Kolkata: IAS officer Nikhil Nirmal, who was forced to go on leave on 7 January for assaulting a youth accused of passing lewd comments at his wife on social media, has been formally relieved of the duties as the district magistrate of Alipurduar.

The state personnel and administrative reforms department at Nabanna in Kolkata today issued a notification transferring Nirmal as the managing director of the West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation Ltd headquartered at Salt Lake in Kolkata.

In a separate notification, Subhanjan Das, a 2005 batch IAS officer, has been posted as the new DM of Alipurduar. Until today, Das was an additional secretary in the state health and family welfare department.

A youth of Falakata in Alipurduar had posted an extremely offensive comment at Nirmal’s wife, Nandini Krishnan on Facebook. On learning about this, Nandini lodged a complaint with police.

The accused Binod Kumar Sarkar was swiftly arrested by police on 6 January. On his arrest, IAS officer Nirmal and his wife turned up at Falakata police station and there, they slapped and kicked Sarkar for his online abuse.

Someone present in the police station recorded the episode on a mobile phone and later leaked it to reporters at Falakata. In no time the video clip went viral, inviting severe criticism for the IAS officer.

Under pressure, the state government sent Nirmal on leave on 7 January and, handed over the responsibilities of the district magistrate to the ADM Alipurduar as a stop-gap measure.

Meanwhile, the district court at Alipurduar has given police permission to lodge an FIR against the IAS officer for wrongful confinement and assault of the youth.