"Governor has informed the chief minister's office that Pacheco's resignation has been accepted. We had forwarded his resignation to Raj Bhavan on Friday," said a senior officer attached to CMO.

With the acceptance of his resignation, the size of the state cabinet has shrunk to 11, leaving one post vacant.

On Friday, Pacheco tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar who is currently in Bangalore to attend BJP's national executive.

The minister was inducted in the state cabinet in November last year, after then chief minister Manohar Parrikar was elevated to the post of union defence minister.

Pacheco, Goa Vikas party legislator and Nuvem constituency MLA, was given the RDA and Archaeology-Archives portfolio in the BJP-led 12 member state cabinet.

The minister ran into trouble after Supreme Court dismissed his petition seeking to stay the conviction order by Goa Bench of Bombay High Court for slapping a government servant on duty.

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 apex court, in July last year, had admitted the MLA's Special Leave Petition for hearing and exempted him from the surrender to undergo imprisonment.

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