Goa’s former Tourism Minister Fransisco Mickey Pacheco was on Friday arrested by Margao police in connection with a forgery case filed against him by his estranged wife Sara.

Sara had filed four different cases of forgery against him in January 2009 in which she had accused him of selling her properties by forging her signature.

Pacheco, whose police custody expired on Friday, was handed over to Margao police by Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC). The court had remanded him to 14-day judicial custody in Nadia Torrado death case.

The former minister was taken to JMFC by Crime Branch to extend the police custody, which was refused by the court.

Instead, the court admitting the petition in forgery case transferred his custody to Margao police.

“We will produce him before the court by evening and seek his remand,” Police Inspector Santosh Desai said.

Anacleto Viegas, lawyer representing Pacheco, has moved three more anticipatory bail applications before the district and sessions court in Margao.

All applications are related to different cases filed by Sara including selling of a car by forging her signature.

Meanwhile, Pacheco has moved two bail petitions before District court in Nadia death case and forgery case, which would be heard later in the day by Judge B. P. Deshpande.

The former minister was arrested on July 7 in connection with death of his close friend Nadia Torrado. Her mother Sonia and Pacheco’s close aide Lyndon Monteiro are also booked in the case.