Mahesh G Tanna, 51, the whistleblower in the kidney transplant racket at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, on Monday claimed he has evidence to prove that the illegal kidney transplant he prevented was not the first one attempted or carried out at the hospital.
Acting on a tip-off from Tanna, the police and hospital authorities had on Thursday halted an illegal kidney transplant for Surat businessman Brijkishore Jaiswal, 48. The donor, Shobha Thakur, 42, pretended to be his wife as a kidney can only be donated by a person’s parents, grandparents, siblings, children or spouse. They were both booked and will be arrested once they are discharged from the hospital.
Tanna, a senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, said if the police do not take action against others involved in the racket with a couple of days, he will go public with his evidence.
He said he stumbled on the racket after someone told him about a certain Sunder Singh. Singh, 21, is said to have donated a kidney at Hiranandani hospital about three months ago. He is from a poor family and was in dire need of money.
Tanna said, “Singh donated his kidney illegally after the alleged kingpin, Bijendra Bisen, 42, promised him a hefty sum. But Singh was never given the money, which he wanted to use to start a business. Instead, Bisen exploited Singh and convinced him to work for him on commission. Bisen also paid the rent for Singh’s house in in Dombivli, where he lives with his wife.”
He added, “We pursued Singh for three months to help us bust the racket. He finally agreed and gave us all the documents, which we used to stop the (illegal) transplant from happening. Singh told us he has helped Bisen with fake documents for three such transplants at the hospital. We are protecting Singh and we have not disclosed his location to anyone, not even the police. He has all the documents to prove that more such transplants have taken place at the hospital.”
Bisen connived with hospital employee Nilesh Kamble (36), who since has been arrested, to clear the fake documents. Kamble was a transplant coordinator for all organ transplants. Tanna said he strongly suspects that more people at the hospital are involved in the racket. He said if the police do not take action against them, he will hold a press conference and reveal all the details of the racket.
Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO of Hiranandani hospital, said, “One case has been established and an FIR registered. But we do not know what these other cases are. Nobody can tell whether the documents cleared by Kamble were forged. We are setting up an internal committee to find out. It will check all the documents for discrepancies. If we find any, we will request the police to look into it.”
Chatterjee added, “The racket is the work of clever, unscrupulous people. Kamble had been working with us for three years. He has a degree in social sciences and worked as a senior medical social worker, assisted by a junior.”