Former Goa minister eludes crime branch for second day

Fransisco Mickey Pacheco, who has resigned as Goa`s tourism minister following allegations about his involvement in the death of a woman friend, eluded the Crime Branch for the second day on Sunday.

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

Panaji: Fransisco Mickey Pacheco, who has
resigned as Goa`s tourism minister following allegations about
his involvement in the death of a woman friend, eluded the
Crime Branch for the second day on Sunday even as police said the
politician was not treated as an accused in the case.

"We have not said that Pacheco is an accused. We want him
for questioning as a part of the investigation," police
spokesman Atmaram Deshpande said today.

State police has launched a massive search for Pacheco,
who was in the eye of storm for death of 28-year-old Nadia
Torrado.

Torrado, a close friend of the NCP leader, had died last
Sunday at Chennai, almost fortnight after allegedly consuming
rat poison.

NCP legislator Pacheco put in his papers from the
Digamber Kamat Cabinet yesterday before going underground.

The Crime Branch had questioned 46-year-old Pacheco on
Friday and had summoned him again on Saturday for further
questioning.

Pacheco did not cooperate with investigating officer and
remained absent despite being called for quizzing for the
second time, the police spokesman said.

A look out circular was issued against Pacheco and all
police stations have been alerted to trace the former
minister.

Sources close to Pacheco`s family had earlier said that
he would appear before the Crime Branch today as he was taking
legal guidance from a panel of lawyers. Pacheco, however,
remained untraceable for the entire day.

The Crime Branch recorded statements of women activists
-- Tara Kerkar and Auda Viegas, the first ones to publicly
indict then minister in Nadia`s death.

Sources confirmed that a couple of people close to the
NCP leader are likely to move for anticipatory bail tomorrow
in a court at South Goa.

Meanwhile, police questioned Nadia`s family this morning.

PTI