Goa court rejects Pacheco's anticipatory bail plea
A Goa court today rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by former tourism minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco, who is in the eye of a storm for his alleged involvement in death of close friend Nadia Torrado.india Updated: Jun 10, 2010 17:28 IST
A Goa court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by former tourism minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco, who is in the eye of a storm for his alleged involvement in death of close friend Nadia Torrado.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case against Pacheco.
The sessions court in Margao, which heard the arguments on Pacheco's bail petition on Wednesday, rejected his plea on Thursday. The former minister is now likely to approach the high court with the anticipatory bail plea.
28-year-old Nadia allegedly consumed poison on May 15 and died after being treated for 15 days in various hospitals in Mumbai and Chennai.
Pacheco, 46, is currently on the run after he was quizzed by the Crime Branch on June 5. He was called again to appear before it next day, following which he disappeared.
Terming Pacheco as the main suspect in this case, police have sought his custodial interrogation for further investigation.
In their submission before the court, police had said they want to probe role of the minister in the entire case.
The public prosecutor appearing for the Crime Branch on Wednesday said that Nadia's mother Sonia had burnt all the evidence related to the case.
Police said the evidence was required to link Pacheco with Nadia.
According to the Crime Branch, Nadia's brother had conceded in his statement that huge money was spent on her treatment by Pacheco and an unknown person. Police have said Pacheco knew Nadia even before her marriage.
Nadia married Wilson Barretto in 2007 and thereafter their relation ran into rough weather.
The public prosecutor has said that involvement of family members in the case can be verified only after thorough interrogation of Pacheco.