Jeevan Raut, brother of the alleged kingpin in the multi-crore rupee kidney racket Dr Amit Kumar, was on Monday sent to 11 days' CBI custody by a court in New Delhi to enable the investigating agency unravel the conspiracy in the case which may have international ramifications.
Thirtysix-year-old Raut, arrested from Lodhi Road area in South Delhi on Sunday afternoon, was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain before whom the agency sought his custodial interrogation to unravel the "deep rooted conspiracy" in the case.
During the proceedings, Raut, dressed in a black jacket, looked calm and smiled frequently as the court heard arguments for his custody. The CBI had secured an Interpol Red Corner Notice against him on February 1.
Keeping in view that the kidney racket was spread across different states and that it may have international ramifications, a detailed interrogation of accused Jeevan was required, the court said while sending Raut to CBI custody till February 29.
"His involvement in the case is required by the investigating agency to unearth the entire racket. So, he be remanded to CBI custody till February 29," said CMM Jain.
CBI counsel AK Singh, while seeking his 14-day custody, said "to unearth the deep-rooted conspiracy between him and others, a detailed and sustained interrogation is required."
Raut's lawyer, SD Singh, while opposing the remand, argued that merely because he was the brother of the main accused in the case did not warrant such a long custodial interrogation. "You cannot take his custody for such a long time. In fact, he is in CBI custody since yesterday 2 pm," Singh said.