A 60-year-old Mumbra resident was arrested on Friday for his involvement in the illegal kidney donation case — the 15th arrest since the unravelling of the racket in July this year.
The police said their investigations found Saeed Khan forged the documents needed for the transplants and worked out of a shop near his home. These forged documents would then be used to get a clearance for the transplants, police sources said.
“Khan’s role came up during our investigations. He was arrested from Mumbra on Friday,” said Bhai Mahadeshwar, the senior inspector at Powai police station, confirming the latest arrest.
The senior citizen used to work with agents and middlemen and forged documents such as marriage certificates and other health-related papers to ensure the illegal donations went through.
The lid was blown off the racket after the police, acting on a tip-off by activist Mahesh Tanna, stopped an illegal transplant for Gujarati businessman Brijkishore Jaiswal,48.
The police had halted his surgery, when they learnt that Jaiswal had submitted forged documents claiming the donor was his wife.
Jaiswal and his son, Kishan, were arrested.
The probe led the police to agents Bhaijendra Bisen and Iqbal Siddiqui and to the alleged kingpin, Bharat Sharma.
Officials said Khan worked with the middlemen, who were coordination with the kingpin, and supplied them with the fake identity proofs.
Police investigations also found out hospital employee Nilesh Kamble, who worked as the organ transplant coordinator, received Rs8 lakh to ignore these forged documents.
The police went on to arrest five doctors of the Dr LH Hirandani Hospital — CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee, medical director Dr Anurag Naik and doctors Mukesh Madhukar Shette, Mukesh Shah and Prakashchandra Shette – on August 9.
An Andheri court on August 18 granted them bail.
Later that month, Jaiswal, who had been granted bail owing to his health condition, died of organ failure on the way to a hospital in home town Surat.
Khan was produced before the Andheri metropolitan court on Saturday and has been remanded in police custody till October 13.