Darbari blames Kalmadi for CWG scam

TS Darbari, a close aide of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, revealed in a Delhi court on Monday that he played no role in the alleged bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London last year.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 20:57 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: TS Darbari, a close aide of Commonwealth Games organizing committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi, reportedly revealed in a Delhi court on Monday that he played no role in the alleged bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London last year.

On the contrary, it was Kalmadi and his other aides i.e. Sanjay Mahendroo and M Jayachandran, who knew all about the fraud during the CWG, Darbari claimed.

It is learnt that Darbari also wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), intending to expose the entire sham surrounding the Commonwealth Games much before the arrest warrant against him was issued, TV channels said.

A Delhi court today remanded former Darbari, Mahendroo and Jayachandran to three days CBI custody in connection with the alleged bungling in the QBR in London last year.
While Darbari and Mahendroo were already in CBI custody since they were arrested on November 15, Jayachandran was arrested yesterday by the investigating agency.

The agency produced Darbari, former OC Joint Director General Darbari, Mahendroo, former OC Deputy Director General and Jayachandran, former Joint Director General (Finance) before Special CBI Judge A S Yadav.

Both, Darbari and Jayachandran, told the investigating agency and a city court that they “were following instructions from the top”. Darbari said he did not have the authority to take such decisions.
While, pleading for further remand of seven days for Darbari and Mahendroo, the agency submitted that they are not cooperating with the investigation and they are not forthcoming in their replies to the queries posed by it.

The court, however, granted only three more days remand to CBI along with Jayachandran.

The former OC official had been arrested in connection with the investigation in the two cases registered by CBI earlier this week.

CBI has filed two separate cases involving UK-based A M Films and the former officials of CWG Organising Committee on charges of forgery and cheating in organising QBR.

The first case names London-based AM Car and Van Services and its owner besides Darbari, Mahendroo, and Raj Singh, a Director-level officer in the OC.

They have been slapped with charges under Sections 468 (forgery of court records and public documents), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Jayachandran has also been questioned by Enforcement Directorate officials for over six hours as part of its probe into alleged financial irregularities in projects relating to the mega sporting event.