A resident of Panchkula was sent to judicial custody on Thursday for luring the witnesses in the kidney racket case of Gurgaon to turn hostile.
Bulbul Katara, a resident of Sector 4 of the Mansa Devi Complex, was produced before the CBI special magistrate on Thursday after two-day police custody. As per CBI's submissions, Katara, along with Dr Amit Kumar and Jeewan Kumar of Gurgaon, Jagdish Singh of Faridabad and Akshay alias Lakshman, was involved in luring witnesses to turn hostile in the kidney racket case.
Rest of the accused are yet to be arrested.
During the police custody of Katara, some documents were recovered from the rented accommodation of Katara in Sector 12-A.
The case was registered on the letter of Dr Upender Dublesh, a resident of Meerut, to the Punjab and Haryana high court, who had alleged that witnesses were being made to turn hostile. Dublesh was a co-accused in the case.
Meanwhile, on March 22, the CBI special court had sentenced Dublesh to seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and had fined him Rs 60.20 lakh, while Amit Kumar was sentenced to seven years' RI and fined Rs 60.25 lakh. Manoj Kumar, a resident of Delhi, who used to work as a lab technician at Amit Kumar's hospital, where illegal kidney transplants used to be carried out, was sentenced to four years' and six months RI and fined Rs 20,000. Mohammed Shahid and Gyasudeen, who used to bring poor donors, were also sentenced to four years' and six months RI and fined Rs 20,000 each.
Amit Kumar's brother Jeewan Kumar, Jagdish Singh, nurse Linda of Manipur, Dr Krishan Kumar Aggarwal of Alwar in Rajasthan, and Dr Saraj Kumar, a resident of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, were acquitted.