Panaji: The noose around absconding former
Goa Minister Fransisco Pacheco tightened today with police
registering a case accusing him of culpable homicide and
destroying evidence in the death of a close woman friend and
suggesting his arrest was imminent as his bail plea was
"A case has been filed against Pacheco under sections
304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201
(causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of IPC," police
Goa Police Spokesman Atmaram Deshpande said Pacheco
and his aide Lyndon Monteiro will be arrested once they appear
before crime branch as their custodial interrogation is
crucial to unearth further evidence in the death.
A Sessions Court earlier rejected the anticipatory
bail plea of Pacheco, who is on the run fearing arrest in
connection with the death of 28-year-old Nadia, who allegedly
The former minister is now likely to approach the high
court with the anticipatory bail plea. Monteiro approached the
High Court after his anticipatory bail was rejected by the
Public Prosecutor Sarojini Sardinha appearing on
behalf of the State told the sessions court that the poison
could not have been consumed by mistake by Nadia.
Considering the marks of injuries on her body, there
is a possibility that she must have been given poison, police
Crime branch, which had earlier named 46-year-old
Pacheco as a main accused in the case, said there is enough
evidence on record to accuse him of being involved in the
"From the statements of the witness, post mortem
reports, circumstantial and scientific evidence, it is clear
that Pacheco has been involved in this crime and is evading
his arrest," the crime branch submitted in the court.
Presenting the post-mortem report conducted on Nadia`s
body at Chennai, where she died during treatment, before the
court, police said that her death was due to poisoning and
complications, with multiple contusions.
Police said they wanted to record weapon of assault
for which custodial interrogation of Pacheco was a must.
"There is a strong possibility that the applicant
accused may tamper with the evidence," the crime branch said.
Alleging that Nadia`s family members had destroyed
vital evidence in this case, police quoted the statement of a
maid servant who told the investigating officer that she burnt
three plastic polythene bags on June 2, just before the
funeral procession of the deceased as told by her mother.
According to the Crime Branch, Nadia`s brother had
conceded in his statement that huge money was spent on her
treatment by Pacheco and an unknown person. Police have said
Pacheco knew Nadia even before her marriage.
Nadia married Wilson Barretto in 2007 and thereafter
their relation ran into rough weather.