Goa Dy CM says slapping government servant is minor offence
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Goa Dy CM says slapping government servant is minor offence

Goa Deputy CM Francis D’Souza has defended his government’s decision to seek a pardon for former cabinet colleague Francisco Xavier Pacheco, who is in jail for assaulting a government official.

Mr D’Souza justified his government’s action, saying slapping a government official is a ‘minor offence’. He also defended his support for a pardon for Pacheco and the release of the former cabinet official who has already served 2 of his 6-month sentence.

The CM’s move has been roundly criticised by activists and political opponents with one activist calling it a mockery of Justice.

Pacheco leader of BJP ally Goa Vikas Party is also accused of abetting the suicide of his girlfriend. He surrendered on June 1.