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New twist in Nadia case; SMS sent to husband prior to death

In a fresh twist to the Nadia Torrado death case, Crime branch today told the court that the deceased after allegedly consuming poison had dashed off an SMS to her husband stating that she want to tell him something.



Panaji: In a fresh twist to the Nadia
Torrado death case, Crime branch today told the court that the
deceased after allegedly consuming poison had dashed off an
SMS to her husband stating that she want to tell him
something.

"Don`t know whether you are avoiding my calls but I
have to tell you something and I don`t have too much time," an
SMS sent from Nadia`s mobile to her estranged husband Wilson
Barretto reads.

Opposing the anticipatory bail petitions filed by
former tourism minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco and his close
aide Lyndon Monteiro, the prosecution pointed out to this SMS
which was sent on May 15 at 11.59 am.

Nadia`s family members had stated that she had
accidentally taken poison at around 9 am, while the
prosecution pointed out that the SMS was sent more than two
hours after consuming poison.

Arguing against the anticipatory bail plea before
Panaji Bench of Bombay High court, public prosecutor Carlose
Fereira said that circumstances of her death were suspicious.

The prosecution also said that maid servant who was
there in the house when Nadia allegedly consumed poison is
mysteriously missing.

"We have not been able to trace the maid, she has
mysteriously disappeared," Fereira said.

Crime branch has already accused Pacheco and his aide
Monteiro as main accused persons in Nadia`s death.

Fereira said that Nadia was trying to contact her
estranged husband on the day when she allegedly consumed
poison.

The defence lawyer Surendra Desai, earlier argued that
the entire case was a `frame up` of Pacheco. "If he had to
kill Nadia, he would not have spent Rs 40 lakh on her medical
bills and other expenses," Desai said.

"Government is after me (Pacheco) because some women`s
organizations are after government," Desai argued on behalf of
his clients.

He also rebutted accusations of destroying of evidence
against his client.

The Public Prosecutor said that the presence of
Pacheco in Mumbai when Nadia`s dying declaration was recorded
by special magistrate was suspicious.

Fereira said that Pacheco must have spent huge money
on the treatment fearing that the family might spill beans on
him.

The prosecution said that Pacheco after resigning as
minister was asked to appear before the investigating agency.

"He`s not just evading to remain present before crime
branch but his act amounts to absconding," Fereira said.

PTI

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