Panaji: NCP on Saturday said its minister Fransisco
Mickey Pacheco resigned from the cabinet on moral grounds
after his name was embroiled in the controversy surrounding
the death of a 28-year-old woman friend.
The 46-year-old Goa Tourism minister and NCP legislator
from Benaulim constituency faxed his resignation letter to
Chief Minister`s Office this afternoon, a day after he was
quizzed by the Crime Branch in connection with the death of
"Our legislator resigned to protect moral platform. NCP
has always wanted that people should know the truth in this
case," NCP national secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu told PTI.
Deshprabhu said Pacheco resigned to give a free hand to
the investigating authorities to probe the case.
Nadia, a close friend of the NCP minister, had died on
Sunday at Chennai allegedly after consuming rat poison.
Pacheco, who was grilled for over eight hours yesterday
and summoned by the police today also, went missing after
quitting, prompting the police to launch a search for the
Pacheco was one of the two legislators who were awarded
ministerial berths in Digamber Kamat cabinet as part of
pre-poll understanding between Congress and NCP in Goa.
Deshprabhu said NCP President Sharad Pawar and Kamat
would decide about filling the vacancy created after Pacheco`s
resignation. "We will have the claim for the post, but it will
be for Pawar and the chief minister to decide."
Earlier in the day, Kamat had refused to comment on
He said he would send entire report to party high command
before taking any decision in the matter.