The five doctors who were arrested late on Tuesday night for the alleged illegal attempt at a kidney transplant in Dr LH Hiranandani hospital will be produced on Wednesday before the Andheri magistrate’s court around 1pm.
The arrests by the Mumbai police have shocked the medical fraternity. “Their interrogation will open a can of worms. Hundreds of kidney transplants have taken place and we are going to check the papers of each of the transplants involving these five doctors. Their casual attitude has led us to suspect that illegal transplants have been carried out before as well,” said a Powai police officer.
The five doctors are the private hospital’s CEO Sujeet Chaterjee, its medical director Anurag Naik, Dr Mukesh Shete, Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Prakash Shetty.
Apart from this case, at least four other transplant cases are under the scanner of the Powai police. Zone 10 DCP Vinayak Deshmukh had told HT that a fresh case will be registered if they find evidence of any illegal organ transplant.
Explaining the roles of the doctors a police officer said, “They did not verify the documents thoroughly owing to which their negligence has occurred. They should not have gone ahead with the surgery until they had satisfactory information that the donor and recipient are related.”
According to the Powai police officer, the arrest is based on a three-member state health inquiry committee report received by them recently. The three-members are Dr Sujata Patwardhan from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, state nodal officer Dr Gauri Rathod and Sion hospital head of nephrology Dr Kalpana Mehta.
The findings were first submitted to the state’s director Dr Mohan Jadhav, of directorate of health services (DHS), on July 23 and was recently forwarded to the police department. “As per the report, a nephrologist and two urologists who are arrested are negligent on multiple counts,” said the Powai police officer.
A FIR was registered on July 13 under section 419, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471.120(b) IPC r/w 19 the plantation of Human Organ Act. The number of people arrested in the case is now 13.