Panaji: Lyndon Monteiro, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Fransisco Pacheco, has said that the former Goa minister is being falsely implicated in the death case of his close female friend as he had demanded investigation into the involvement of a senior politician`s son in the police-drug peddler nexus case.
"It is pertinent to note that recently Fransisco Pacheco, in his capacity as tourism minister, had written a letter to Chief Minister about rampant use of drugs in Goa, the police and political nexus with the drug dealers and its affect on tourism," the petition filed by Monteiro before the High Court reads.
The OSD, a close aide of Pacheco, in his anticipatory bail plea, has said that the minister had also called upon the Chief Minister to probe the involvement of the son of a
influential politician in the said drug racket.
"The same was not liked by the other cabinet colleagues who are trying to cover up and save the said politician`s son as is also evident from the recent statements made by Chief
Minister himself," the petition said.
Monteiro said "the death of Nadia Torrado is therefore being used as an issue to nail the minister and falsely implicate him, who has since resigned and has even been
replaced by a new person."
The 28-year-old woman`s death, allegedly by consuming poison on May 30, has brewed trouble for Pacheco and Monteiro, who are currently on the run.
"As the minister is not traceable, applicant (Monteiro) who was the Officer on Special Duty and who has been acting in his official capacity is being harassed by falsely accusing him of destroying evidence and implicating him in the alleged crime," the petition reads.