Goa minister Francisco Pacheco, convicted for slapping government servant, resigns

Goa minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco, who was convicted for slapping government servant, tendered his resignation from Cabinet on Friday.

Panaji: Goa minister Francisco Mickky Pacheco, who was convicted for slapping government servant, tendered his resignation from Cabinet on Friday.

The minister has been convicted for assaulting a junior engineer.

Pacheco, an MLA of Goa Vikas Party, was inducted in the state cabinet in November last year.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices FMI Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh this week dismissed Pacheco's special leave petition.

The minister has been sentenced to six-month imprisonment.

An FIR was lodged against Pacheco in July 2006 by Kapil Natekar, a junior engineer of electrical department, alleging that Pacheco (who was a minister then too) abused and slapped him in his chamber.

Natekar had been called to the minister's office for not attending a telephone call by Pacheco's personal assistant.

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