The enforcement directorate (ED) has concluded again that former joint director general, organising committee of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, TS Darbari, had no role to play in the hiring of services for the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) held in London in the run-up to the games.
The ED’s probe has also raised doubts on the investigation carried out by the CBI in the QBR case as it chose to chargesheet Darbari in the matter.
The ED has charged Suresh Kalmadi, former chairman of the organising committee (OC) and five other former OC officials – Lalit Bhanot, VK Verma, Sanjay Mohindroo, AK Mattoo and M Jeychandran in the case for illegal foreign exchange dealings to the tune of `4.64 crore during the QBR.
Darbari’s services in the OC were terminated by Kalmadi in August, 2010 saying that an ED inquiry is pending against him.
After their probe concluded in February 2012, the ED gave Darbari a clean chit but in the wake of the CBI chargesheet against him, they decided to review the case.
On reviewing the probe, the ED has concluded that remittances made to two London firms — AM Car and Van Hire Limited and AM Films Limited — were highly inflated and not in accordance with the Reserve Bank of India permissions.
“The standing order were that in case of an emergency, services would be hired at London after due negotiations by a committee of Mohindroo, Jeychandran and for which approval from TS Darbari was required. But this process was never followed and no approval was sought from Darbari and yet payments were made,” said an ED official requesting anonymity.