Two witnesses on Monday identified Dr Amit Kumar, the kingpin in the kidney racket case, at a CBI court in Panchkula.
Mayank Maheshwari, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, stated before the court that they bought a kidney for Rs 6 lakh for his sister Ruchi Bala and identified Dr Amit Kumar and lab technician Manoj Kumar to be present in his Gurgaon hospital where the kidney was transplanted.
His sister had died recently. Their earlier deal was for Rs 12 lakh but Manoj Kumar returned Rs 6 lakh as the condition of her sister started deteriorating soon after the transplantation, though she had survived.
Another CBI witness Vikas Aggarwal, an advocate, told the court that they bought a kidney for his mother-in-law Madhulika for R8 lakh and also identified Dr Amit, who conducted the operation.
Meanwhile, five donors have turned hostile during their deposition in the case on Monday. They refused to accept that they sold their kidneys through the accused.
The racket had surfaced on January 24, 2008 when UP and Gurgaon police raided a house in Sector 22 in Gurgaon. According to the CBI, the accused lured many gullible persons to sell their kidneys for amounts ranging from R50,000 to R70,000. The kidneys were then allegedly sold at the rate of Rs 10 lakh each.
On March 13, CBI court had framed charges against Dr Amit Kumar Raut, his brother Jeewan Kumar Raut and Dr Upinder Kumar under IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder), Transplantation of Human Organs Act (TOHO), IPC Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation).
Charges were also framed against Dr Saraj Kumar, lab technician Manoj Kumar, Dr KK Aggarwal, Giyassudin, Mohammad Shahid and nurse Linda under the TOHO Act and Section 120-B.