Police probe bigamy complaint against Goa minister

December 23rd, 2008 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Dec 23 (IANS) The Goa police have initiated a probe into a complaint of bigamy against Tourism Minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco, police sources said. The complainant Sara Pacheco has said she was married to Mickky, who belongs to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), on April 10, 1999 and it was duly registered before the Margao sub registrar.

“My husband, who was very good to me and was deeply in love with me, suddenly changed after he got elected as MLA and became minister in the year 2002. It is at this time that he began to stray and chase other women and accused me of being fat and ugly,” the complaint reads, adding that she was forced to quit the house in 2004, “practically only with the dress I was wearing”.

“I am now left penniless while my minister husband Mickky is solely enjoying the wealth that belongs jointly to both of us. He has now married Viola Rosaline Fernandes and has three children through her,” the complaint alleges.

Said a senior police official: “We have not filed an FIR (first information report) yet, we are only in the process of ascertaining facts mentioned in the complaint.”

Police have sent the complaint to the Department of Prosecution for a legal opinion. “Our action will be based on the advice given by the department,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar told IANS.

Sources added that the police were forced to act as similar complaints had also been filed before the registrar of the Bombay High Court and the Block Development Officer (BDO), who has been notified as a protection officer under the Domestic Violence Act.

Pacheco has rubbished the charges and said he has been married only once.

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