Retrial after 4 years: Accused pleads guilty, retracts
An accused in the kidney racket case who pleaded guilty before a special CBI court in Haryana on Tuesday, when charges were being framed afresh on all accused, quickly backtracked when he was informed that this could lead to his sentencing. Bhartesh Singh Thakur reports.delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2012 22:43 IST
An accused in the kidney racket case who pleaded guilty before a special CBI court in Haryana on Tuesday, when charges were being framed afresh on all accused, quickly backtracked when he was informed that this could lead to his sentencing.
Mohammad Giyasuddin had sold his kidney and later turned into a middleman, luring other people into the racket, according to the CBI.
He said he had already spent four years in jail and the process of witnesses being called again would take a lot of time.
Giyasuddin requested the judge to punish him. But when he was informed that this could lead to his sentencing, he immediately pleaded not guilty and said he would rather defend himself.
On the request of the CBI counsel, he would now be kept separately in Ambala jail.
The court on Tuesday framed charges against key accused Dr Amit Kumar, his brother Jeewan and Dr Upinder Kumar under IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder), Transplantation of Human Organs Act (TOHO), IPC Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation).
Charges were also framed against Dr Saraj Kumar; lab technician Manoj Kumar; Dr KK Aggarwal, middlemen Jagdish, Giyasuddin and Mohammad Shahid; and nurse
Linda under the TOHO Act and Section 120-B.
Jagdish and Linda have been identified only by single names.
Dr Saraj and Linda are on bail in this case. Twenty-seven witnesses have already been examined in the case, but with fresh framing of charges, all of them will have to be called again.
The racket surfaced on January 24, 2008, when the Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon Police raided a house in Sector 22 in Gurgaon. Many people were lured for donation of their kidneys and allegedly paid between Rs 50,000 and Rs 70,000. The kidneys were then allegedly sold between Rs 8 to10 lakh each, the CBI said.
Dr Amit Kumar and Dr Upinder were recently sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by a Faridabad court in connection with the death of three Turkish nationals a few years ago.
The next date in the kidney racket case is March 16 when six witnesses are expected to depose in court.
All donors examined so far in the case have turned hostile.