Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco on Saturday resigned from the state cabinet over allegations of his involvement in the death of a woman friend.
Police have launched a search for the 46-year-old minister who is “untraceable”.
Pacheco faxed his resignation letter to the Chief Minister's Office a day after he was quizzed by the crime branch.
In the letter, the NCP leader said he was quitting because of the charges against him in the death of Nadia Torrado.
Nadia, 28, a close friend of Pacheco, died in Chennai on Sunday allegedly after consuming rat poison. A case of abetment of suicide has been filed against unknown persons.
Pacheco was grilled for over eight hours on Friday and summoned again on Saturday.
“The minister is not traceable,” police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande said. “We have alerted all the police stations to look out for him.”
The police summoned Pacheco after women’s organisations charged him with involvement in Nadia’s death.
The Opposition BJP has demanded a CBI inquiry.
Pacheco, elected from Benaulim constituency, was a prominent NCP minister in the Congress-led coalition government in the state.
Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said Pacheco had taken the “right decision” in resigning. Kamat said he had spoken
to NCP chief Sharad Pawar about the events. The NCP said Pacheco resigned from the cabinet on moral grounds.
Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar sought an in-depth inquiry. “Mere resignation by the tainted minister won’t suffice.” he said.