The case dates back to 2006 when he had assaulted an engineer
GN Bureau | April 3, 2015
Goa Minister Francisco Pacheco, who is also leader of Goa Vikas Party, resigned on Friday after chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar made a remark that it was embarrassing to have a convicted in his cabinet.
Pacheco was booked in July 2006 for assaulting Kapil Natekar, a junior engineer in the state power department. Pacheco's conviction and sentence of six months was upheld by the apex court earlier this week.
A spokesperson for the Chief Minister's Office confirmed that Pacheco submitted his resignation to chief minister Parsekar on Friday morning and it was accepted. Parsekar had told reporters on Wednesday that it was embarrassing to have a convicted minister in his cabinet.
According to Natekar, in July 2006 Pacheco had summoned him for not attending the telephone call of his personal assistant. In the chamber, Pacheco abused and slapped Natekar.
Meawnhile, Pacheco has filed a review petition before the Supreme Court. The review petition claims that the magistrate's court never examined eye witnesses. "There were several eye witnesses when I called the junior engineer (the complainant). The court has not examined even a single eye witness," the minister told PTI speaking from Delhi.
The complainant Kapil Natekar had named certain eye witnesses in his case who were never examined by the court, he said, adding that the case was "politically motivated".
Pacheco, a legislator from Nuvem, has a string of cases against him related to extortion, assault, bigamy and money laundering. He was sworn in as minister during a cabinet expansion in November after former chief minister Manohar Parrikar was elevated to the union cabinet.
The Dehradun-based Forest Survey of India (FSI), an organization under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, carries out the assessment of forest cover biennially since 1987 and the findings are published in the India State of Forest Report (ISFR). As per the latest ISFR 2021, there is a
While the average growth of energy requirement in the country for 2023-24 viz-a-viz 2022-23 has been estimated as 4.9%, the months of April and May have been projected as high demand period. During the current year, the peak demand is expected to be around 229 GW during the summer period. The government ha
As the UN has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, the Indian Army has steered introduction of millets flour in the rations of soldiers. This landmark decision will ensure troops are supplied with native and traditional grains after over half a century, when these were discontinued in favour
When discussing digital currency, you might think of one or two well-known varieties. There is the digital representation of currency that you access with mobile and online banking services. This currency is the liability of a commercial bank. There is also cryptocurrency, a digital medium of exchange issu
The Indian President: An Insider’s Account of the Zail Singh Years By K.C. Singh HarperCollins, 312 pages, Rs.699
Bipin: The Man Behind the Uniform By Rachna Bisht Rawat Penguin, 207 pages, Rs 599 On the morning of 8 December 202