Nadia death case: Pacheco moves SC for anticipatory bail

Former Goa tourism minister Francisco Mickey Pacheco has moved the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the death of his woman friend Nadia Torrado in Chennai.

Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 13:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Goa tourism minister
Francisco Mickey Pacheco has moved the Supreme Court seeking
anticipatory bail in connection with the death of his woman
friend Nadia Torrado in Chennai.

The bail plea is likely to be listed for hearing
on Thursday.

The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court had on June 21
rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Pacheco. It had also
turned down the bail plea of his close aide Lyndon Monteiro on
technical grounds.

Both are accused in the case registered following the
death of 28-year-old Nadia, who passed away after allegedly
consuming poison on May 30 in Chennai. Police have charged
Pacheco with culpable homicide while Monteiro has been accused
of destroying evidence.

The Bench, while rejecting the bail plea, had said the
offence was of serious nature and custodial interrogation was
required in the case.

Monteiro`s bail plea was rejected on the ground that
his counsel did not bring on the record the fact that he had
withdrawn his anticipatory bail plea from the High Court on an
earlier occasion after he was asked to remain present in
person.

The Sessions Court in Margao had earlier rejected the
anticipatory bail pleas of Pacheco and Monteiro.

Police claimed that Nadia`s body had 14 bruise marks
which were noticed during the post-mortem conducted on her
body in Chennai soon after her death.

The Crime Branch, which had interrogated Pacheco on June
5, said, they wanted custodial interrogation of the accused as
they were yet to recover two mobiles and a laptop belonging to
Nadia.

PTI