A local court on Saturday ordered that the three bank accounts of the alleged kidney racket kingpin Amit Kumar in Canada be frozen.
Special CBI Magistrate Abdul Majid passed the order on an application of the agency, which pointed out that he had three bank accounts in the Royal Bank of Canada.
The CBI sought the action, saying the money that came from the transplantation of kidneys might have been deposited in these accounts.
The agency will now have to take up the matter with the government for taking up the issue with authorities in Canada. Defence counsel Amit Gupta said the CBI was "unnecessarily harassing" his client, as the bank accounts in Canada were not operated since a long time.
Two of the accounts were being operated by Kumar himself and the third by his manager Michael Becker. The court allowed another application of the CBI seeking medical examination of an accused Gayasudeen since he had earlier alleged that one of his kidney was removed by Kumar. Gayasudeen had stated in a local court yesterday that both his kidneys were intact and there was no need for his medical examination.
Another application of the CBI seeking permission to take the specimen of handwriting and finger prints of six accused - Ramesh, Umesh, Suresh, Linda, Dr Amit and Gayasudeen - was allowed.
The court directed the six to be present on April 16 when the specimen of handwriting and fingerprints of the six accused would be taken.
Kumar told reporters outside the court that he was "falsely implicated" in the case. Asked why he had changed his name from Santosh to Amit, he said every citizen had a legal right to change his name, adding that he had completed all legal formalities in this regard. He said the CBI should also interrogate the beneficiaries as some of them were influential persons.
Replying to a question, he said last year he had deposited Rs one crore as advance income tax. Kumar has been accused of having forced or duped around 5000 people into donating their kidneys.