A small state with a long list of politicians involved in alleged crimes and controversies, Goa is currently waiting to see how the saga of Francisco Mickky Pacheco, named prime suspect in the Nadia Torrado death case, ends. Pacheco is “absconding” even as a judge hearing his bail plea has “recused” himself from the case. A rundown of the company he finds himself in:
Francisco Mickky Pacheco: Prime suspect in the Nadia Torrado death case, Pacheco is no newcomer to having criminal charges levelled against him. The political career of former tourism minister, known for his abrasive language and brash demeanour, has been dotted with repeated trysts with the law. First charged for criminal trespass in 2002, he has been accused in cases of extortion and for the assault of government servants. His now-estranged wife Sara has accused him of bigamy, and has also filed three cases of forgery of documents in property transactions against him.
Churchill Alemao: Oldest among the powerful Alemao brothers, former chief minister and Public Works Department Minister Churchill has a catalogue of criminal charges to his name. Allegations of battery and intimidation apart, he has also been booked under the National Securities Act and was detained along with his brother for contraventions under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (Cofeposa) Act. In 2009, Churchill was accused of battering the guards at a water reservoir that was classified as a vital installation, for having denied his nephew entry into the prohibited area.
Joaquim Alemao: Younger sibling of Churchill and Urban Development Minister was listed as a goonda in police records until 2000.
Atanasio Monserrate: Education minister in the Digambar Kamat government has faced numerous criminal allegations. In 2008, he led a group of unruly supporters and stormed a police station in Panaji. The armed mob assaulted policemen, molested women personnel and committed acts of arson. Subsequently charged for attempting to murder policemen, he was in police custody for a fortnight. His son, Rohit Monserrate, was accused of raping a 14-year old Russian girl.
Dayanand Narvekar: In 2008, the then finance minister was charged along with eight others for involvement in a counterfeit ticket scam for a one-day-international match held in Goa in 2001, when he was BCCI vice-president and Law Minister.
John Fernandes: The local politician from South Goa was accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian girl. Fernandes was placed under arrest in 2010.
Manohar Parrikar: This former CM came into the eye of controversy due to allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the execution of his duties as a member of the core committee of the first International Film Festival of India that was held in Goa in 2004. He, along with Digambar Kamat, faced a CBI probe.
Victoria Fernandes: She was arrested in the '90s for allegedly abetting her son Rudolf's criminality in cases of extortion and assault. This lone woman MLA of the state has been charged in two cases of murder.
Source: The Indian Express
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