Crime branch grills Pacheco's wife in Nadia Torrado death case

Panaji: Sara Pacheco, estranged wife of former Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco, was on Tuesday grilled by the Crime Branch for over six hours in connection with the Nadia Torrado death case.

Sara, who was quizzed at the Crime Branch's Dona Paula office, was accompanied by NGO Bailancho Ekvott's president Auda Viegas, who was the first to register a complaint against Pacheco after Nadia's death.

According to sources, Sara told crime branch that she knew Nadia since 2004 and was aware that she and her husband were going around. However, Sara refused to talk to media persons waiting outside the crime branch.

Nadia died after allegedly consuming rat poison on May 30 while being treated at a private hospital in Chennai.

Pacheco and his aide Lyndon Monteiro are on the run after the Crime branch named them as accused in the case.

Meanwhile, Viegas told agency that Sara had married Pacheco in 1999 and their marriage ran into trouble in 2004.

In December 2008, Sara filed a complaint of domestic violence against Pacheco claiming that he abused her often and threw her out of their house.

Subsequently, in January 2009, Pacheco filed a divorce petition seeking to separate from Sara.

Last year, Sara had filed a complaint of forgery against Pacheco alleging that he sold all her flats and a vehicle, which was in her name.