The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned suspended Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) joint director general T. S. Darbari and former deputy director general Dr Sanjay Mohindroo on August 9 for questioning in connection with fund transfers to foreign firms, including UK-based A.M. Films.
The summons was served upon them on Wednesday night, sources said. The ED, which is already trailing fund transfers to the UK firm as well as Australia-based Sports Marketing And Management (SMAM) for the past few weeks, has gathered credible leads and is expected to pose some difficult questions to both officials.
Darbari, however, said he was being hanged without any fault. “I was not even part of the meeting that took the decision on payments to the UK firm,” he said, refusing to elaborate.
A copy of the minutes of the meeting dated October 29, 2009, shows that Darbari did not attend the meeting that decided on a deal with A.M. Films.
Sources said, while the directorate had been probing the matter under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), it was likely to soon register a case under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in view of fresh evidence.
Amid allegations of shady fund transfers to foreign firms by the OC, both the ED and the Income Tax department had launched a probe into their alleged role in the Queen's Baton Relay in London.
The Sports Ministry had advised the OC to remove both Darbari, who headed the OC’s revenue and marketing units and Dr Mohindroo, in-charge of its marketing and technology sections. Mohindroo resigned from the OC two months ago.