A CBI court on Friday sentenced two Gurgaon-based doctors to seven years' rigorous imprisonment each for their role in the Gurgaon kidney sale scam that made national headlines in February 2008.
The court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge on Friday also slapped a fine of Rs. 60 lakh each on Amit Kumar and Upender Kumar.
Three other accused in the kidney sale scam, which was unearthed in Gurgaon city January 2008 - laboratory technician Manoj Kumar, Mohammed Shahid and Gyasuddin - were awarded five years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 15,000 each.
The CBI had said that Shahid and Gyasuddin were touts in the illegal sale of kidneys.
The kidney racket was run from privately-run Star Max Hospital in Sector 23 of Gurgaon from 1999 to 2008, the CBI said in its charge sheet.
The agency accused Amit Kumar and others of criminal conspiracy for illegal transplantation of human organs (kidneys) by charging hefty amounts from the recipients of kidneys.
"For this purpose, they used to fraudulently allure poor people on the pretext of giving them employment and later on fraudulently removed their kidneys," the CBI told the court.
The CBI charge sheet pointed out that the kidneys of poor people were removed "through surgical operation without their consent and authorization from the competent authority for huge monetary consideration and planted these kidneys in the bodies of recipients".
"Accused Dr. Amit Kumar and his associates were clandestinely running a hospital equipped with all facilities for conducting kidney transplants at the premises of House No. 2374, Sector- 23, at Gurgaon in Haryana in the name and style of M/s Liberty Health Care Ltd. (also called Star Max Hospital). Accused Dr. Amit Kumar was promoter-director of the M/s Liberty Health Care Ltd.," the charge sheet said.
Charges were framed against all accused in March last year.
However, the court acquitted five other accused in the scam, including two doctors and a nurse.
The court also ordered compensation of Rs.10 lakh each to three victims whose kidneys were removed fraudulently.