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Plaint filed against Defence Minister for allegedly harbouring Mickky

MARGAO: A complaint has been filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues with the Colva police against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for allegedly harbouring absconding convict former rural development minister Mickky Pacheco.Sources at the Colva police confirmed that they have received the complaint, however, no action has been taken on it.

The copies of the complaint have been sent to senior police officers in Margao said the sources.

The Colva police said that that the police team along with PI of airport has been camping in the national capital but so far Mickky is not traceable.

The police said that search for Mickky in hotels in the national capital is being continued.

He was also searched at the Supreme Court premises and other places, however, his whereabouts is not known, they said.

In an application made to the Colva police, Rodrigues has sought that “a first information report be registered against the Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar for committing offences under Section 216 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code in harbouring an offender.”

He has said that “the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Margao, has on April 9 issued a warrant of arrest against the absconding convict Mickky Pacheco who has to undergo six months jail sentence as directed by the Bombay High Court at Goa,” and has alleged that “though over two weeks have elapsed Mickky Pacheco has succeeded in evading arrest obviously in collusion and connivance with high ranking politicians including his mentor and good friend Manohar Parrikar.”

Further stating that the Margao Court on April 22 issued a search warrant allowing the police to look out for Mickky Pacheco at 10 Akbar Road in Delhi,  Rodrigues has stated that “the Goa Government having moved swiftly to stay the search warrant, with motives being suspect, the police infact have to now meticulously investigate if the absconding convict Mickky Pacheco was indeed hiding at 10 Akbar Road.”

He has further stated that “there is reliable information that Mickky Pacheco is holed up at 10 Akbar Road being sheltered by Manohar Parrikar.”

He has stated that “harbouring a convict is no part of discharge of official duty and consequently there can be no bar to lodging of an FIR against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.”

He has further stated that harbouring a criminal with intent to evade the process of law, more particularly by a high ranking official was unpardonable and runs contrary to oath of office taken to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the country.

Rodrigues has sought that as a part of the investigation, “the Colva police should examine the records of the phone calls between Manohar Parrikar and the absconding convict Mickky Pacheco.”

Meanwhile, Rodrigues has been called at the Margao police headquarters on April 25 at 4 p.m. to seek details of the complaint.

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