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NCP`s Goa unit stands by Pacheco

Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 23:18

Panaji: Former Goa Tourism Minister Mickey
Pacheco, who is an accused in a case relating to the death of
his close friend Nadia Torrado, on Thursday received support from
his Nationalist Congress Party which alleged the case was
aimed at finishing him politically.

"They are trying to finish Mickey (Fransisco Pacheco) as
politically he is going strong in South Goa. This is an
attempt to finish Pacheco and NCP," party?s Goa spokesman
Avinash Bhonsle told agency.
He said the party would hear Pacheco before deciding
anything in this matter.

Former Tourism Minister has run into trouble over the
death of his 28-year-old friend with the police naming
Pacheco along with his close aide, Lyndon Monteiro, as an
accused in this case.

The party, however, said Pacheco should not run away from
the law.

"Of course, Pacheco cannot run away from investigation.
He has to appear before the investigating authorities,"
Bhonsle said, adding the legislator was exploring all the
legal means to secure his liberty.
The NCP spokesman claimed Pacheco had strengthened his
position in South Goa after he held a convention early this
year which was attended by party president Sharad Pawar.

Bhonsle said NGOs, which alleged Pacheco`s involvement
in the crime, also need to be investigated.

NCP Goa Unit acting President Carmo Pegado said Pacheco
resigned from the ministerial post on moral grounds.

"He is not proven guilty and hence there is no issue of
expelling him from the party," Pegado said responding to a

Pacheco, a three-time legislator from Benaulim
constituency, was a strong contender for NCP Goa chief?s post.

Sharad Pawar-led party has been scouting for a new
chief since Wilfred D?Souza quit the party.


First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 23:18
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