The alleged mastermind of the Gurgaon kidney racket, Dr Amit Kumar, may have fled the country using a fake passport. Police agencies on Kumar’s trail fear that he might have crossed over to Nepal on Thursday itself when the racket was unearthed.
If the fears turn out to be true, it would be a repeat of the Rabinder Singh incident. Singh, a former Joint Secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing, had fled the country by sneaking out to Nepal and then to the United States using a fake passport.
One of the accused Dr Upendra Kumar, currently in police custody, also believes that Dr Kumar might have fled the country.
Sources said the accused had earlier too managed to flee to Canada when his premises were raided by the Mumbai Police. The case has been full of lapses on the part of the Gurgaon Police. First, it had no idea that a racket of this proportion was thriving in its own backyard for nearly a decade.
Then, when the Uttar Pradesh Police arrived in Gurgaon on a tip-off, the news of the raid was conveniently leaked to Kumar to ensure that he escaped well in time. And now police sources say they fear that he might have crossed over to Nepal.
Kumar, sources said, is believed to have in his possession at least four fake passports. “Investigations have revealed that he might be having at least four fake passports, two of which are believed to be of Nepal and Canada. What is clear is that he had planned for this day in advance but whether he has succeeded in giving shape to his plan is yet to be known,” a senior police officer said.
The police believe Kumar chose Nepal because it would be extremely easy for him to flee to a country of his choice from there. Police sources said if they were unable to trace the accused, they might approach the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to get an Interpol Red Corner Notice against him. The request sent to the CBI will be forwarded to the Interpol headquarters in France, which will decide the case on its merit.
“Once an accused manages to flee the country, it becomes a mountainous task to track him and get him back to face trial,” a CBI official said.
The biggest problem in such cases, the official explained, is to track down the accused. “If we do manage to trace him, a request is sent. But that person has the right to appeal,” the official said. A Red Corner Notice is of help as the person concerned can be held if found traveling at an international airport. “But if he restricts his movement, it is next to impossible to trace him,” he said.
The Gurgaon Police, meanwhile, have intensified raids at his various possible hideouts in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Moradabad. A crime branch team from Mumbai is also camping in Gurgaon. “We have intensified the search operation,” said DGP RS Dalal.