One of the accused in the kidney racket unearthed recently, Shobha Thakur, who is under police custody at Byculla Women’s Jail, has been granted bail. The Andheri Metropolitan Court, where she was presented on Tuesday, observed that Powai police did not adhere to the Transplant of Human Organs Act before arresting her. According to the Act, the arrest can only be made after taking permission from the magistrate.
Also, police officials in Thakur’s home state Gujarat said that they consider her as a victim in the case and would like her to turn in to an approver to ensure that the real culprits are caught.
Thakur was arrested for posing as the wife of Brijkishor Jaiswal (48) a Surat based businessman, in need of a kidney transplant. Forged documents were used to present her as Jaiswal’s wife, donating her kidney to him. Their plan, however, was foiled when the Powai police received a tip off and stopped the surgery midway. Thakur was then sent for a medical check up, before being taken into custody.
Senior policemen in Mumbai confirmed that Thakur will be turned into a witness because there is no evidence to point out that she was a member of group that planned the racket. “She was made a part of the scam and has zero involvement in its planning or execution. Most probably, with the help of judiciary, she will be turned into an approver so that real accused can be put behind bars,” said one of the investigating officers.
Top cops from Gujarat also confirmed that since Thakur is not part of their line of investigation, there is little possibility that she will be called for investigation.
Kidney kingpin refuses to divulge
Even after being arrested thrice in high voltage kidney racket, ayurvedic practitioner Dr Santosh Raut, picked up from Gurgaon is proving to be a roadblock in the probe. Investigating officers of Anand, Gujarat said that he has refused to reveal any information about the racket. “He has given us some info, but its proving difficult to question him. He has not revealed any links to the Mumbai kidney racket yet,” said a top cop.
Three doctors under scanner
The three member committee of Directorate of Health Services (DHS) has recommended the inquiry into three Hiranandani Hospital doctors, including two nephrologists and one urologist for overlooking the authenticity of the documents during the verification process. Moreover as the report was shared with Mumbai police on Saturday, a series of arrests is expected to take place soon. Dr Mohan Jadhav, director DHS said that they would question the trio as well as they were not available for questioning earlier.