The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has attached a property in Australia acquired out of the income earned from the illegal kidney transplants by Amit Kumar in 2005. This is the first attachment of immovable property abroad.
The immovable property at No 5, Grand Ridge, Sunbury, Australia was attached under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The kidney scam came to light in January 2008 when police arrested several people for running a kidney transplant racket in Gurgaon.
Kidneys removed from economically poor victims were transplanted in wealthy clients from foreign countries.
CBI arrested the main accused Amit Kumar at the Delhi Airport on Feb 7, 2008.
Investigations revealed that Kumar had laundered large amounts of his ill gotten wealth in India and in Australia and Canada.
While ED had already seized property worth Rs 30 crore belonging to Kumar and his associates, the Australian property is valued at about Rs 4.35 crore.
The special PMLA court had issued the Letter Rogatory to Australia for execution.
Kumar is in jail in Guntur.