HC to hear Pacheco`s anticipatory bail plea Thursday

The Goa Bench of Bombay High Court will hear tomorrow the anticipatory bail petitions filed by former Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco and his aide Lyndon Monteiro in the Nadia Torrado death case, their lawyer said today.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 18:02 PM IST

Panaji: The Goa Bench of Bombay High Court
will hear tomorrow the anticipatory bail petitions filed by
former Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco and his aide Lyndon
Monteiro in the Nadia Torrado death case, their lawyer said
today.

"The court will hear the anticipatory bail petitions
filed by Pacheco and Monteiro tomorrow at 10.30 am," advocate
Amit Palekar said.

Both are wanted by Crime Branch in connection with the
death of Torrado (28), Pacheco`s "close friend" who died
allegedly after consuming rat poison last month.

Monteiro had earlier withdrawn the anticipatory bail plea
when prosecution pointed out that the petition filed by his
mother on his behalf does not stand in the court. He then
filed a fresh bail petition through his lawyer.

Pacheco, who resigned on June 5 in wake of allegations
about his involvement in Torrado`s death, moved the High Court
contending that he was being framed in the case because he had
expressed concern over drug trade in Goa and demanded inquiry
into alleged role of a senior politician`s son in it.

Earlier this month, the Sessions Court in Margao had
rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of both. Crime Branch had
told the court that Pacheco had abetted the alleged suicide by
Torrado, while Monteiro helped him destroy the evidence.

Both have been missing since June 6.

PTI