Panaji: Goa police on Friday said Rajesh Dessai, who was found dead at his family farmhouse in Curchorem village in Panaji on Thursday, died of poisoning.

Rajesh Dessai was the brother of former Goa minister and senior BJP leader Ramrao Dessai. "Forensic examination has revealed, he died due to consumption of poison. We are investigating whether he was fed the poison or he took it to end his life," Inspector Ravi Dessai told PTI.

"Viscera sample has been sent for forensic examination to ascertain the nature of poison," he said.

A case of unnatural death has been registered at Curchorem Police Station, the police inspector said. The Dessai-family owned farmhouse in Curchorem village, was in news earlier after Sameer Mapari who worked as a driver with the family, was found dead in a river in 2007 at the same place.

Rajesh Dessai was acquitted in the murder case in 2013 and was residing in the farmhouse ever since.