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AgustaWestland deal: CBI to quiz Bengal, Goa Governors, say sources

Jun 20, 2014 10:51 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to question Goa Governor BV Wanchoo and West Bengal's MK Narayanan in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, said sources on Friday. The investigating agency has sought time from both the Governors.

The CBI claimed that they want to questions the Governors as witnesses and not as accused. But the Governors as constitutional body have the power to decide when they want to submit themselves for any clarification.

The Governors are not named in any FIR.

Earlier, the CBI had written to the Law Ministry for its opinion but there was no reply.

The CBI's legal team has suggested that the agency can go ahead and interrogate the Governors. The CBI was also watching the political situation and if they resign it will be easier for the agency to question them.

The Narendra Modi government has reportedly asked the Governors appointed by the Congress to resign. The development also has a bearing on Kerala Governor and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit whose name had cropped up in Delhi Jal Board scam and Commonwealth Games scam.

Wanchoo and Narayana are being questioned as they were in power when the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal was brokered. Wanchoo was the SPG chief and Narayana was the National Security Advisor. The two also attended a meeting in which the decision was taken to lower the height of the AgustaWestland chopper. It also enabled Italy's Finmeccanica to enter the fray.

Questions were raised on the basis on which the decision was taken as there was another argument that the height of the AgustaWestland need not be lowered.