Srinagar: Amid demands for his resignation for taking part in conferences organised by ISI agent Ghulam Nabi Fai, veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar on Monday said he had done nothing wrong and will not step down from the government's panel of interlocutors on Kashmir.

"If someone goes through the records of the seminars and workshops I have attended over the past 30 years, they might dig out that one was organised by this intelligence agency or that banned group," Padgaonkar said.

He said he will not step down from the interlocutors' panel, a demand made by several groups including Shiv Sena and Panun Kashmir. BJP had also criticised him for taking part in events organised by Fai.

"I have not done anything wrong. I knew where his (Fai's) policies were leaning towards but I had no idea about his source of funding," Padgaonkar said.

He said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has fully supported him on the issue.

Padgaonkar's statement comes days after Chidambaram made light of the Centre's chief interlocutor on Kashmir participating in conferences organised by Fai, arrested in the US for being ISI conduit for carrying out propaganda on Kashmir.

"Frankly, it has nothing to do with his role as interlocutor. He went as a journalist some years ago along with many other journalists, many other civil society members and human rights activists.

 "I don't think that should be linked with his role as an interlocutor because he did not attend any meeting of Ghulam Nabi Fai after he was appointed as an interlocutor...I don't think it's a fair connection," Chidambaram had said.

(Agencies)