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High Court orders probe into kidney theft

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, January 19, 2013
First Published: 14:34 IST(19/1/2013) | Last Updated: 14:35 IST(19/1/2013)

Calcutta high court on Friday ordered a probe into alleged removal of both the kidneys of a woman, whose body has been lying in Katapukur morgue for about 50 days.

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Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi directed the state authorities to conduct a post-mortem on Aparna Sarkar within a week and hand over her body to her family.

The judges also directed the principal of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital to conduct a DNA test to find out whether Aparna’s kidneys had been removed by Satyarani Memorial Nursing Home at Sonarpur, South 24-Parganas, as complained by her husband, Mantu.

The judges directed the state authorities to submit report on February 4 to decide whether case should be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation for investigation and prosecution of guilty persons.

The directive came on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed by the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) for CBI probe and immediate release of Aparna’s body.

The state advocate told the court that post mortem had already been conducted and its report revealed that Aparna died on November 30 and her kidneys were intact.

Moving the petition, CPDR’s advocate Tapas Bhanja told the court that despite the order of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) Aparna’s body had not been handed over to her family.

Placing Aparna’s photographs before the court, Bhanja told the court that when she was admitted to nursing home on October 9, 2012 her weight was about 55 kg but within a few days her weight came down to about 15 kg.

Apprehending that Aparna’s kidneys had been removed by the nursing home authorities, her husband Mantu lodged a complaint with Sornarpur police station, but no action was taken.

Mantu then lodged a complaint with WBHRC, which on December 6 directed the Superintendent of Police, South 24-Parganas, and director of health to handover Aparna’s body to her family, but no action was taken.


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