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Pacheco`s judicial custody extended by a day

Last Updated: Monday, July 5, 2010 - 20:25

Panaji: The judicial custody of former Goa
minister Francisco Pacheco, booked by police for the death of
a female friend, was today extended by a day by a local court.

Pacheco, currently admitted in a hospital here, was
remanded in two-day judicial custody on Saturday when he
surrendered before the court after remaining underground for
nearly a month.

He was later admitted to a government-run hospital
near here after complaining of chest pain.

The 46-year-old NCP legislator is facing charges of
abetment of suicide and culpable homicide in connection with
the death of 28-year-old Nadia Torrado in May.

Earlier, Sessions Judge Pramod Kamat heard the
arguments on Pacheco`s bail petition. The former tourism
minister`s counsel Surendra Desai termed the case against his
client as "politically motivated".

Public Prosecutor Sarojini Sardinaha pointed out that
details of Pacheco`s health condition have not been produced
before the court. The judge asked the jailer to explain the
dereliction on part of the prison authorities.


First Published: Monday, July 5, 2010 - 20:25

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