HC upholds jail term for Mickky, but relief to appeal in SC

PTI, PANAJI | 17 July 2014 20:28 IST

The Bombay High Court today upheld the order of a lower court sentencing legislator and former state tourism minister Miccky Pacheco to six-month imprisonment for assaulting a junior engineer of electricity department and asked him to surrender within a fortnight.

Justice A R Joshi of the court's Goa Bench upheld the order of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Margao, of April 2011 sentencing Pacheco to six months' imprisonment for assaulting junior engineer Kapil Natekar after calling him to his office on July 16, 2006.

"The court has upheld the sentence and given 15 days' time to Pacheco to surrender. We will move the Supreme Court challenging the HC order in the meantime," advocate Surendra Desai, representing Pacheco, told PTI.

The JMFC's order sentencing the legislator was quashed by a district and sessions court in December 2012, releasing Pacheco under Probation of Offenders Act.

The legislator was then let off with a warning.

Desai said the HC today quashed the district and sessions court order and upheld the JMFC order.

Pacheco is currently MLA of Goa Vikas Party from Nuvem constituency.

The police had investigated the case on the basis of a complaint lodged by the junior engineer.

It had contended in the charge sheet that Pacheco had threatened the complainant with dire consequences. 

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Mickky was due to file a case of defamation against the Indian Express of his Mney Laundering and Recruitment scams.

I wonder if this threat has disappeared.

Mickky has several Cases filed against him, one of the worst being abetting in the suicide of Nadia Toraddo.

He also has a seri0us case against his ex-wife over property disputes.

I wonder in mitigation at the Supreme Court , how he will claim or plead he is a person of Good or impeccable Conduct.

Most Goans bar a few in his Nuvem Constituency view him as a Social / Political Misfit.

I am sure the SUPREME COURT of India certainly does not take kindly or make any exceptions, to DADAGIRI & Goondaism.

In addition to a 6 month prison term, it would be appropriate to refer Mr Pacheco for treatment at the IPHB( Institute of Psychiatry & Human Behaviour ) for at least a period of a year.

Even then I have my doubts, he can be reformed into a decent & Law abiding citizen. Perhaps it is too late to take the jungle, out of Mickky

- N.Fernandes, London | 17 th July 2014 21:56


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