A local court on Friday extended by four days the police custody of former Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco who is an accused in the death of his close friend Nadia Torrado.
Allowing the application for extension of remand, Judicial Magistrate First class (JMFC) also allowed the accused to attend the forthcoming state assembly session.
Pacheco had sought the court's permission to attend the assembly session beginning from July 19.
The 46-year old NCP legislator was remanded to seven days police custody on July 8 when he was arrested by the Crime Branch. As the remand period expired today, an application was moved before the court to extend his police custody.
Pacheco was booked by police on the charge of abetment to suicide and culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the case.
Nadia, 28, had allegedly consumed poison on May 15 and was subsequently admitted to various private hospitals in Goa, Thane and Chennai. She died on May 30.
Earlier this morning, Justice Nelson Britto of the Bombay High Court's Goa bench had recused himself from hearing the bail petition.
The petition would now be heard by Justice AS Oka on Monday.