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HC rejects Pacheco's bail plea in Nadia death case

india Updated: Jul 19, 2010 21:38 IST

In more bad news for embattled former Goa minister Fransisco Pacheco, the Bombay High Court on Monday rejected his bail petition in connection with death of his close friend Nadia Torrado.

Rejecting the petition, Justice A S Oka of the Goa bench of the court said it is not inclined to grant him bail at this juncture.

The bail petition was heard by Justice Oka after Justice Nelson Britto recused himself from hearing it last week.

Pacheco was arrested by crime branch in connection with death of Nadia, who died allegedly after consuming poison.

The four-day remand granted to Pacheco is expiring tomorrow with crime branch planning to move for extension of his police custody.

The court also mentioned that the NCP legislator representing Benaulim constituency can move to the appropriate authority seeking permission to attend the ongoing legislative assembly session.

Seeking bail, advocate Surendra Desai, representing Pacheco, said the crime branch has not interrogated him for last two to three days and he is "languishing in police custody".

He pointed out that police have not been able to find anything from five mobile handsets and three SIM cards recovered from Pacheco's residence.

The lawyer claimed there is nothing to prove that Pacheco would destroy the evidence.

"Even when Pacheco was missing he never tried to temper with the evidence," Desai said, adding the former tourism minister will feel humiliated to attend the assembly session being escorted by police and hence bail should be granted to him.

Public Prosecutor Carlose Fereira said the Crime Branch is yet to recover two mobiles and a laptop used by Nadia.

He mentioned that even after Nadia's death on May 30, one of her mobiles was being used till June 5.

Fereira said that the police are also yet to recover the blunt object allegedly used to hit Nadia, which is evident
from the post-mortem report which shows injuries on her body.