This Article is From Jun 30, 2010

Goa ex-minister Pacheco moves Supreme Court for bail

Panaji: Former Goa Tourism Minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco has moved the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the death of his female friend Nadia Torrado in Chennai.

The bail plea is likely to be listed for hearing on Thursday. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Pacheco that came up for hearing earlier on 21 June. It had also turned down the bail plea of his close aide Lyndon Monteiro,on technical grounds.

The duo is accused in the case registered following the death of 28-year-old Nadia, who passed away after allegedly consuming poison on May 30 in Chennai.

Police have charged Pacheco with culpable homicide while Monteiro has been accused of destroying evidence. The bench, while rejecting the bail plea, had said that the offence was of serious nature and custodial interrogation was required in the case.

Monteiro's bail plea was rejected on the ground that his counsel did not bring on the record the fact, that he had withdrawn his anticipatory bail plea from the High Court on an earlier occasion, after he was asked to remain present in person.

The Sessions court in Margao too had rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of Pacheco and Monteiro.

Police claimed that Nadia's body had 14 bruise marks that were noticed during the post-mortem conducted on her body in Chennai, soon after her death.

Crime branch, which had interrogated Pacheco on June 5, said, they wanted custodial interrogation of the accused as they were yet to recover two mobiles and a laptop belonging to Nadia.