In an in-camera proceeding, a city court on Saturday recorded the confessional statements of two accused in the kidney transplant racket. Accused Dr Saraj Kovid, an anaesthetist and Ghyasuddin, a lab technician, recorded their detailed statement before Metropolitan Magistrate Chendershekhar in Patiala House Court Complex.
Third accused Jagdish, who allegedly worked as a middleman for kingpin Dr Amit Kumar, would record his statement on Monday.
The confessional statements have been recorded under section 164 of the Criminal Procedural Code (CrPC).
According to the law, these statements can be treated as evidence against the accused during trial in court.
Saraj, who surrendered before a Haryana court on February 11, is accused of helping Kumar in performing surgeries at his nursing home in Sector-23, Gurgaon. Jagdish and Gyasuddin, on the other hand, were allegedly working as middlemen to arrange donors for the kingpin.
Moving an application before the court, the CBI on Thursday said the accused wanted to record their statement under Section 164 of the CrPC.
Before recording the statement, the court cautioned the accused about the implications of their confession, saying their statements may be used against them during trial. Despite this, the accused insisted on recording their confession.
The court subsequently remanded them to judicial custody till Saturday to give them a chance to reconsider their decision. The court also directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to keep the three accused separately so that they could not mingle with other prisoners and get sufficient time to ponder over their decision.
Meanwhile, a Delhi Police Assistant Sub-Inspector, who alongwith six other colleagues allegedly extorted over Rs 19 lakh from an aide of the kidney racket kingpin, was on Saturday remanded to two days police custody by a city court.
Metropolitan Magistrate RK Singh sent accused ASI Ravinder Kumar Singh to police custody till February 25. Delhi Police sought four days' custodial interrogation of the accused ASI stating that two witnesses have taken his name, while Upendra, a co-accused in the case with Dr Kumar, had also made a disclosure statement about payment to him.