In a big boost to investigations into the kidney transplant racket, suspected kingpin Amit Kumar’s brother, Dr Jeewan Rawat, was arrested from Lodhi Gardens in south Delhi on Sunday.
Rawat, 36, allegedly ran the multi-crore racket along with Amit Kumar. He had been on the run since January 24, when police raided a Gurgaon nursing home being run by the brothers and busted the racket.
Rawat’s arrest from Delhi, that too from Lodhi Gardens, which is hardly 2 km from the CGO Complex headquarters of the investigating agency CBI, came as a surprise as it was believed that he had fled to Nepal along with his brother. An Interpol Red Corner Notice had also been issued against Rawat.
The CBI maintained that its investigators had been tracking Rawat’s movements. Senior officials remained tightlipped on details about his arrest but denied that he had surrendered.
After Kumar reportedly told interrogators that Rawat hadn’t accompanied him to Nepal, CBI teams had been carrying out raids across the country to get the elusive accused.
Kumar was arrested in Nepal on February 7 and deported to India. Their father, Purshottam Raut and another brother, Ganesh, were questioned in Mumbai last week about Jeewan. His wife, Pooja, who was arrested earlier, was questioned and his Gurgaon flat searched.
“Rawat’s arrest is a big boost to the investigation. He claims to be an MBBS, which needs to be verified. He was aware of all operations being run by his brother, the investments made by him, his clients, the network, the doctors and medical staff who worked for them,” a senior investigating official said. Rawat will be produced in court on Monday.