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Pacheco to move HC for bail

india Updated: Jun 13, 2010 23:21 IST
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Former Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco has decided to move the High Court on Monday challenging the quashing of his anticipatory bail plea by a sessions court in connection with the death of his friend Nadia Torrado, family sources said.

Pacheco will be moving the High Court on Monday for anticipatory bail, the sources said.

Goa bench of the Bombay High Court will also hear the same day the anticipatory bail petition filed by Pacheco's aide, Lyndon Monteiro.

Both were denied relief by a sessions court in Margao last week.

The former minister in his earlier bail petition had claimed that he was being framed in the case related to the death of 28-year-old Nadia.

Pacheco is on the run after he was questioned by the Crime Branch in connection with the case.

Monteiro, his close aide and officer on special duty, is also missing since June 6 after he was charged with destroying evidence in this case.

Nadia had died on May 30 while being treated for almost 15 days in hospitals at Mumbai and Chennai.

Crime Branch had on Saturday questioned Pacheco's live-in partner Viola Fernandes, who had given a clean chit to him.

She had claimed that Pacheco is innocent and she herself was present in Mumbai when Nadia was shifted to a hospital there.

Police have registered a case accusing Pacheco of culpable homicide and destroying evidence.

The investigation in this case, which initially began as a probe of attempted suicide, has revealed that Nadia was beaten up before she took poison.

The postmortem report conducted by Chennai hospital on Nadia's body has revealed that there were two serious injuries, possibly by blunt object, on her body.

The court has not ruled out the possibility that Nadia could have been forcibly given poison or might have been induced to consume poison.

Pacheco's presence in Nadia's house, a night before the incident, has also been noted by the court, which has favoured thorough interrogation of the accused.

The court has noted that Pacheco's presence in the house of the deceased on the previous night and even at the time when the deceased was taken to the hospital has not been properly explained during the interrogation carried out by the Crime Branch.