With the government busy finalising names for gubernatorial assignments to replace those appointed by the earlier UPA regime, Goa governor BV Wanchoo put in his papers on Friday.
Wanchoo, an ex-IPS officer and former chief of the Special Protection Group (SPG), was appointed governor of Goa in May 2012 and his tenure was to end on May 3, 2017.
Sources said Wanchoo sent in his resignation after he got a call from the Union home secretary Anil Goswami on Friday.
Wanchoo is the fifth governor to resign following West Bengal’s MK Narayanan, Uttar Pradesh’s BL Joshi, Chhattisgarh’s Shekhar Dutt and Nagaland’s Ashwani Kumar, all of whom put in their papers. All the governors who have resigned so far are former IPS or IAS officers. None of the politicians who have been appointed governors have resigned so far despite some of them getting a nudge from the home ministry in this regard.
Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj and Tripura’s Devanand Konwar retired late last month, and the NDA government now faces the challenge of filling seven Raj Bhavans.
CBI records witness statement of Goa GUV
The CBI on Friday questioned Goa governor BV Wanchoo as a witness in its probe into the alleged receipt of kickbacks in the `3,600 crore VVIP AgustaWestland deal. Hours later, Wanchoo quit.
The agency recorded Wanchoo’s statement in Panaji, a week after it had questioned the then West Bengal governor M K Narayanan — a former National Security Advisor — who also demitted the office later.
In a related development, the Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against the former air force chief SP Tyagi and 20 others in the scam to probe alleged kickbacks. The agency, which earlier registered a case under foreign exchange laws in this deal, decided to lodge a criminal case to trace the bribe money and means, if any, used to launder it.
CBI sought clarifications from Wanchoo since, along with then National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, he was part of a 2005 meeting as the then SPG chief in which key changes in technical specifications for the purchase of VVIP transport helicopters were effected.