The resignation of 80-year-old Narayanan came days after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had telephoned some of the Governors, appointed by the previous UPA regime, to step down after Narendra Modi-led NDA government assumed charge at the Centre.

Earlier on Friday, the CBI questioned Narayanan as a ‘witness’ in connection with its probe into allegations of bribery in the Rs 3600-crore VVIP chopper deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland.

Narayanan was the National Security Adviser in 2005 when Indian officials decided to amend technical specifications for the 12 helicopters the UPA government wanted to buy for use by the Prime Minister and President among others VVIPS.

The CBI is also expected to record the statement of Goa Governor B V Wanchoo.  He was the chief of elite Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding the Prime Minister before he was appointed as the Governor.   

The CBI had sought permission to record their statements as part of its probe into alleged Rs 360-crore bribe paid in the deal that was scrapped by the government in December last year.

The investigating agency claims the parameters regarding the height at which the helicopters can fly as also the flight evaluation were changed in a manner that enabled AgustaWestland to clinch the deal vis-a-vis its competitor Sikorsky.

Narayanan, who was appointed the Governor by the previous UPA regime, had earlier said that he will only vacate his chair after his term expires in 2015.

In 2004, when the UPA government replaced the NDA at Centre, they also changed the Governors before their term was over.


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