The ex-Governor of the Bank of Mauritius (BoM), Rundheersing Bheenick, has been arrested by investigators of the CCID today afternoon. He had arrived at the headquarters of the CCID at 15h07 in a vehicle of the CCID, and was put under arrestation at 15h37. He has been accused of having brought a coffer from the BoM to his home after his resignation last year.
It all started yesterday morning (12.02.15). The First Deputy Governor of the BoM, Yandraduth Googoolye, went to the CCID in the company of other representatives of the BoM to file a complaint. They claimed that Rundheersing Bheenick had taken away a coffer and a box containing certain documents after his resignation. The latter had received a notice from the office of the President of the Republic last year informing him that he was to leave the post of Governor of the BoM immediately.
The representatives of the BoM who gave their testimony yesterday justified their decision to file a police complaint as a measure of precaution. They explained that apparently, Rundheersing Bheenick had later changed his mind about keeping the coffer with him and had returned it only days later. The documents were still found in it. They have also informed the CCID that they will soon make a review of the affair to ascertain whether all the documents were returned, or if any is missing.
Rundheersing Bheenick had therefore been convened at the CCID. He arrived at the headquarters at 15h07. Reporters who witnessed his arrival observed the presence of several boxes in the vehicle.
Rundheersing Bheenick has denied the accusation levelled at him. He has argued that he had only taken away a “Filing Cabinet”, and not a coffer. He explained that he was told to leave the post immediately when he had received the news of his resignation, and so, he had taken a filing cabinet to his home for his personal belongings.
He added that everything was done with the permission of the BoM, and that he was initially allowed to buy the filing cabinet, but that the BoM had retracted later on.
Few minutes after he arrived at the CCID, he was put under arrestation; this happened at 15h37.
His home had been searched earlier today and a number of documents together with other objects have been taken by the police. It seems that the objects belong to the BoM.
Rundheersing Bheenick is still being interrogated by the investigators.
It is not known whether he will be detained tonight; the ACP Hemant Jangi stated that no decision has been taken so far.