Panaji: The Bombay High Court bench here
Monday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Goa
tourism minister Francisco Mickey Pacheco in connection with
the death of his woman friend Nadia Torrado.
Justice A S Oak also rejected the anticipatory bail
petition filed by Pacheco`s close aide Lyndon Monteiro on
Both are accused in the death of 28-year-old Nadia who
died after consuming poison on May 30 in Chennai. Police have
charged Pacheco with culpable homicide while Monteiro has been
accused of destroying the evidence.
Upholding the arguments by public prosecutor Carlos
Fereira, the bench ruled that the offence is of serious nature
and custodial interrogation is required in this case.
The judge also said circumstances in this case were
suspicious, especially Pacheco`s presence in Mumbai when the
dying declaration was recorded.
The court, rejecting Monteiro`s bail plea, pointed out
that the lawyer did not mention on record that he had
withdrawn his anticipatory bail plea from the High Court on an
earlier occasion after he was asked to remain present in
"This is suppression of fact that he was directed to
remain present in the court," the judge told Surendra Desai,
the lawyer representing Monteiro.