Sunday , 24 March 2019
Governor resigns after being quizzed by CBI in chopper deal

Governor resigns after being quizzed by CBI in chopper deal

PANAJI: State Governor Bharat Veer Wanchoo on Friday resigned from his post hours after he was quizzed as a witness in the procurement of AugustaWestland VVIP helicopters deal by the sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation probing alleged graft in the deal.
Agencies quoting officials in New Delhi said that Wanchoo sent his resignation after he received a call from Union home secretary Anil Goswami on Friday morning, asking him to resign.
The resignation of 63-year-old Wanchoo will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for acceptance.
The resignation of Wanchoo was confirmed by the sources in the Raj Bhavan.
He is likely to leave for Delhi on Monday.
A guard of honour would be presented to him by the guards of the state police before his departure, sources informed.
Wanchoo was questioned by the CBI for several hours from around noon on Friday.
He is the second Governor to be quizzed by the CBI after West Bengal governor M K Narayanan, who too had quit the post after he was questioned by the CBI over the `3,600-crore deal.
The state Bharatiya Janata Party had been demanding his resignation ever since his name figured in the list of
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the persons to be questioned by the CBI.
He had earlier met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh apparently to put up his side of the story.
Wanchoo, a 176 batch officer of the Indian Police Service from the West Bengal cadre, was former director of Special Protection Group, and had served the force for almost 16 years.
He retired as SPG director in October 2011.
He was posted as Goa governor in late April, 2012 and assumed office in May 2012.
Sources said a CBI team reached Raj Bhavan, Dona Poula, on Friday morning and recorded his statements till Friday evening.
A formal request from the CBI was received on June 24, 2014, thereafter the CBI was intimated that they could record the Governor’s statement in Goa, a state government agency said
“The Governor hopes that his statement would have clarified any issues that the CBI may have had and hopes that the CBI would conclude their investigation to bring out the truth at the very earliest,” said a press release.
The press release said the CBI recorded the statement of the Governor as a “witness” in the VVIP helicopter case under Section 161 of CrPC.
Wanchoo, after becoming aware that CBI was desirous of recording his statement as a witness, “was very keen that the same be recorded at the earliest for the purpose of completing the legal process in the case,” the press release said.

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