I’ve been made a scapegoat: TS Darbari
New Delhi: Suspended CWG OC member TS Darbari on Wednesday said that he has been made a scapegoat in the entire UK QBR row and that everyone in the Organising Committee knew of the deal with AM Films, the company in the eye of the storm over exorbitant prices being received without a written contract prior to the deal.
Darbari was yesterday present at the Enforcement Directorate office to give his version of the entire deal. “I’m not a signatory to any of the deal with AM Films. Hiw can I be accused, it’s ridiculous,” he said.
"My role in the London QBR launch was ceremonial. It had nothing to do with any negotiation of shortlisting of vendors or financial transaction or imbursement or recommendation of advance", he said.
"This is a tragedy the way things has been projected. Whatever has happened, it is unfortunate. I`m unnecessary being targetted and being made a scapegoat," he said.
Asked if he received a letter from AM Films dated August 22, 2009, an angry Darbari said, "If there is any letter sent it to me, it should have my signature. If someone is concocting any letter it is his problem, not mine."
"I have already clarified that I am not a party to any contract, never was I a recommending person. There was a committee constituted for this purpose, which has recommended and competent authority has approved it," he said.
Darbari further said that neither can he deny nor can he confirm the authencity of Raju Sebastian`s letter.
"I can`t deny or confirm the authenticity of the letter since neither I was an addresser nor I was the addressee," he said.
Asked if Suresh Kalmadi was aware of the deal, Darbari said, "I do not know who was in the knowhow. I just know that Darbari was not in the knowhow. I never knew Ashish Patel and I don`t want to have a discussion about a third person. I have to safeguard my self respect and I know I am not a party to anything."
The e-mail, sent by an IHC protocol official Raju Sebastian, recommending various service providers for the London launch of the Queen`s Baton Relay stirred a hornest`s nest after Ministry of External Affairs declared that the mail could have been "doctored".
The e-mail was made public by CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi to justify payments to a little-known UK-firm -- AM Films -- for its "services" during the event, which was also attended by President Pratibha Patil and British Queen Elizabeth II.
The mail was originally sent to OC Director Raj Singh and later forwarded to suspended Deputy Director General Sanjay Mohindroo, who in turn sent it to Darbari.
However, Darbari, in his letter to probe panel head and Organising Committee CEO Jarnail Singh claimed he had nothing to do with the mail as he neither received it first-hand nor sent it to anybody else.
Even Raj Singh also said he won`t be able to say whether the mail recommending A M Films is authentic or not.
Mohindroo, on his part, said he doesn`t want to comment till the investigation is over.
"I wouldn`t want to make any comment as investigation is still on, he said.