SC sends Minister Mickky to jail for 6 months for assaulting Gov servant

PTI, NEW DELHI | 30 March 2015 23:44 IST

A Goa minister, convicted of abusing and slapping a junior engineer in his cabin in 2006, will have to undergo a six-month jail term, with the Supreme Court on Monday dismissing his appeal against the verdict of the Bombay high court in the case.

A bench of Justices F.M.I. Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh dismissed the special leave petition of Francisco Xavier Pacheco, now a Goa Vikas Party MLA from Nuvem Assembly seat, against the July 17, 2014 high court verdict.

The Goa bench of the high court had set aside the verdict of a revisional court, which had “brought down” the conviction of the MLA under Section 323 (causing hurt) from the harsher Section 353 (assaulting public servant to deter from duty) under the IPC and, instead of sentencing him, ordered his release on “admonition” under the Probation of Offenders Act.

The high court, which had given two weeks time to the MLA to surrender, had upheld the decision of a lower appellate court to award him a jail term of six months besides a fine of Rs 1,500 in the case.

The top court, in July 2014, had admitted the MLA’s SLP for hearing and exempted him from the surrender to undergo imprisonment.An FIR was lodged on July 15, 2006.


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