Bharat Vir Wanchoo Biography
The former head of the Special Protection Group, and an IPS officer, Mr. Bharat Vir Wanchoo became the governor of Goa on May 4 2012. He replaced K Sankaranarayanan, the governor of Maharashtra, who held the additional charge.
Mr Wanchoo, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1976 batch was from the West Bengal cadre. He has served as Joint Director with the Intelligence Bureau and was the founder member of the Special Protection Group. Special protection group, an elite protection agency of the government of India was created in 1985, after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It provides security to the prime minister and other top officials and their families and draws its recruit officers from various central and state service police cadres.
Mr Wanchoo served in the Special Protection Group when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister. He later was part of the security provided to Sonia Gandhi, leader of the UPA and her family.
He served in the elite special protection group twice and was handpicked by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to head it in 2004. He had served in it for seven years when he was chosen to head it. He was awarded the Indian police medal in 1993 and the President’s Police medal in 2001-both medals for meritorious service.
In 2011, he retired from the Special protection group as its Chief.
On May 4, 2012, he was sworn as the sixteenth Governor of the state of Goa by the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court at the Raj Bhavan. As Governor, he has promised to further the progress of the state keeping in mind the environmental impact. He is confident about getting the support and the cooperation of the Chief Minister of Goa Mr. Manohar Panniker and the people of the state.