The absconding Nuvem MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco who was sentenced to go to jail for assaulting an engineer of the state electricity department eight years ago, is likely to surrender this week, sources said.
Law caught up with the flamboyant politician from Salcete on March 30 when the Supreme Court dismissed his petition challenging the high court order which had upheld sentence of six month’s imprisonment.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, before going on a private holiday with his family, had last week expressed confidence that Pacheco would surrender within two days. That didn’t happen and Pacheco continued to be on the run.
The sources told TOI that Pacheco is likely to surrender in a Goa court in a day or two.
Sources said that the police had sent 2-3 teams to the national capital as they had some information that he had been hiding in north India. This was after arrest warrant was issued.
The police have come under severe criticism for their poor attempts to nab the absconding former minister especially after the first team was sent to Delhi by train.
Pacheco resigned on April 3 from the cabinet saying he did not want to cause further embarrassment to the BJP-led government in the state. The chief minister said he had asked Pacheco who was minister for RDA, archaelogy & archives, to quit in view of the apex court ruling. His berth is still vacant in the Parsekar-led cabinet.