Suspecting the possibility of a larger racket, the Powai police on Sunday asked the authorities at Dr LH Hiranandani hospital to provide all documents related to organ transplants, cleared by arrested accused Nilesh Kamble, 36, who is an employee of the private hospital, in the past three years.
Acting on a tip-off by activist Mahesh Tanna, the police and the hospital authorities had on Thursday stopped the illegal transplant for Surat-based businessman Brijkishore Jaiswal, 48. The donor was one Shobha Thakur, 42. Both have been made an accused in the case and will be arrested after getting discharged. Their documents were cleared by Kamble, who is an organ transplant co-ordinator.
A police source said that Kamble, a BCom graduate, who claims to be a social worker, has been working with the private hospital for the past three years. It was learnt that the private hospital performs 50 organ transplants a year.
“We first want to find out how many transplants have taken place after Kamble cleared the papers of donors and patients. Once we get the name of donors and the recipients, we will go through each case,” said a police officer from Powai police station. A kidney can only be donated by a person’s parents, grandparents, siblings, children or wife/husband. Kamble’s work was to get all the documents, verify them and hand them over to the committee for further scrutiny.
“We have also informed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research to look into the matter. They will conduct an inquiry to find out if the committee at the private hospital was involved. Further action shall be taken based on the report,” added the police official.
Kamble who is in police custody until July 19, got Rs8 lakh for the deal and the money has been recovered from his home.
The arrested accused are Jaiswal’s son Kishan, 28, Bhaijendra Bisen, 42, who is said to be the kingpin, Bharat Sharma, Iqbal Siddiqui and one Khwaja. Khwaja will be produced before a magistrate’s court on Monday.
Another team is in Gujarat to trace the relatives of the donor, Shobha Thakur, 42. They are also trying to find the agent who introduced Thakur to the accused.
The matter came to light after activist Mahesh Tanna approached the hospital and the police, informing them that a gang had forged documents to show that the woman and Jaiswal are husband and wife and that she wanted to donate her kidney to him.
The police then swung into action and stopped the operation A FIR has been registered by the Powai police under relevant sections of the IPC.