The Goa Police have sought legal opinion on a complaint of bigamy against a cabinet minister in the Goa government.
The complaint filed against high profile Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco by his allegedly estranged wife Sara Pacheco is now pending before the Directorate of Prosecution for legal opinion.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Umesh Gaonkar said, “We will act only after we receive a legal opinion on it. Both Sara Pacheco and the minister have not been living together for nearly four years now.”
The complaint was filed under the Domestic Violence Act on Mickky Pacheco’s birthday on December 12.
In her complaint, Sara Pacheco claimed that she married Mickky on April 10, 1999 and that the marriage was duly registered with the Margao sub-registrar. “My husband, who was very good to me and was deeply in love with me, suddenly changed after he got elected as an MLA and became a minister in 2002. It is at this time that he began to stray and chase other women and accused me of being fat and ugly,” Sara said in her complaint. She said she was forced to quit the house in 2004.
“I am now left penniless while husband is enjoying the wealth that belongs jointly to both of us. He has now married Viola Rosaline Fernandes and has three children with her,” Sara said in her complaint.
The minister has refuted the charges. “Bigamy occurs only when you are married twice. I am married only once,” he said adding that he was willing to depose before any authority if required.