Expressing deep hurt, Indian home minister P Chidambaram on Friday strongly rejected BJP's allegation that he had favoured a Delhi-based hotelier, his former client, in withdrawing three FIRs filed against him and dismissed suggestions there was any conflict of interest involved in it. Meanwhile, according to a Timesnow report, hotelier SP Gupta said he never met Chidambaram or sought his favour. He said that he doesn't know P Chidambaram. "I am being made a scapegote by someone in this whole episode," Gupta said. Chidambaram said since 2004, hotelier S P Gupta had made more than 40 representations to the home ministry requesting to withdraw the three FIRs filed against him, which were also backed by three MPs. "I feel deeply hurt. I strongly reject completely unfounded allegations of BJP," the Home Minister, flanked by Home secretary R K Singh and his predecessor G K Pillai, told reporters.