The Interpol has issued Red Corner Notices (RCN) against Amit Kumar and his brother Jeevan Rawat.
Prompt action by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and its Special Director ML Sharma ensured that the documents were processed immediately, sent to the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, and the notices issued — all within less than 24-hours of the agency receiving a request from the Gurgaon Police. A Gurgaon court had issued arrest warrants against the brothers on January 29.
The Haryana Government has, meanwhile, issued a notification for the transfer of the kidney racket case to the CBI. Copies of the notification have been sent to the central government and the CBI. The central government will now need to issue a notification for transferring the case.
The Interpol notice states that Amit, 40, and Jeevan, 36, are wanted for crimes committed against life and health, organised crime and trans-national crime.
“The notices were requested by Indian authorities after police discovered an illegal hospital at a house in Gurgaon near Delhi. It is believed that during the past eight years, around 500 people were forcibly operated on and their kidneys transplanted to foreign patients in a secret operating theatre,” a note on the Interpol website stated.
“Kumar and Rawat are both subject of national arrest warrants for illegally transplanting kidneys, cheating and criminal conspiracy. Many Interpol member countries view a Red Notice as the basis for the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to their extradition,” the note states.
The brothers are suspected to have fled the country. “We suspect that the two have fled the country. It will now, however, be difficult for them to move around, especially in Canada, Greece and Nepal. In our request to the CBI, we had expressed apprehension that they could flee to these three countries,” said Manjit Singh Ahalawat, joint commissioner, Gurgaon Police.