Bharat Vir Wanchoo

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Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Governor of Goa
In office
4 May 2012 – 4 June 2014[1]
Preceded by K Sankaranarayanan[2]
Succeeded by Margaret Alva[3]
Personal details
Born 15 October 1951[4]
Spouse(s) Nalini Wanchoo[5]
Alma mater Scindia School,[6][7] Delhi University,[4] Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy[4]
Religion Hindu

Bharat Vir Wanchoo is an Indian political figure who was the Governor of Goa from May 2012[8] to July 2014.[1] Previously, he was Director of the Special Protection Group until 2011.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wanchoo was born on 15 October 1951.[4] He studied at the Scindia School in Gwalior and is a post-graduate in History from the Delhi University.[4] He is married to Nalini Wanchoo.[4]


Wanchoo belongs to the 1976 batch of the Indian Police Service from the West Bengal cadre.[10] He was posted in the Intelligence Bureau when he was asked to join the Special Protection Group set up in 1985 after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He has served in various positions in the Special Protection Group since then, and is considered to be close to the Gandhi family. He was transferred out in November 1997 but brought back to the SPG in February 1998 at Sonia Gandhi's request.[11] Wanchoo has alternated between postings in the IB and the SPG where he has served for 13 and 18 years respectively.[12] Wanchoo was appointed Director of the SPG in 2004 for a two year term.[13] He continued in that post till his retirement on 31 October 2011.[4]

Governor of Goa[edit]

On 4 May 2014, Wanchoo took charge as Governor of Goa.[4] His tenure as Governor of Goa was appreciated by many[14][15][16] including a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Goa and he was also called the best Governor the state ever had.[17] He was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation on 4 July 2014 as a witness in connection with the 2013 Indian helicopter bribery scandal.[18] He resigned on 4 July 2014 from the position of Governor of Goa.[19][20][21]

Honours and Awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wanchoo quits as Goa governor
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  5. ^ "Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo with his wife Nalini Wanchoo at the Portugal National Day celebration in Goa". Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Resume at Raj Bhavan website (Archived at Webcite)". Raj Bhavan, Goa. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Durga Prasad likely to be new SPG chief; Wanchoo retires". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bharat Vir Wanchoo is new Goa Governor |, 15224". 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. "The 1976 IPS bath officer" 
  11. ^ "Inside Track". Indian Express. 1 February 1998. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Bharat Vir Wanchoo to be sworn in Goa Governor today". The Hindu. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "B.V. WANCHOO WILL BE THE NEW DIRECTOR SPG". Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
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  18. ^ Goa Governor BV Wanchoo Resigns After Being Questioned by CBI in AugustaWestland Chopper Deal - NDTV
  19. ^ Goa Governor Wanchoo resigns - The Hindu
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