TS Darbari, the CWG Joint Director General who was sacked in the wake of the corruption scandals, sought to clear his name by saying that he was not involved in any of the dealings with AM Films and was being made a "scapegoat".
"My role in the London QBR launch was ceremonial. It had nothing to do with negotiation or 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," he said. "I'm being targetted." Asked if he received a letter from AM Films dated August 22, 2009, an angry Darbari said, "If there is any letter send it to me, it should have my signature."
"I have already clarified that I am not a party to any contract. There was a committee for this purpose, which has recommended and competent authority has approaved it," he said.
Darbari further said that neither can he deny nor can he confirm the authenticity 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."