According to the police’s charge sheet in the kidney racket, in 2008, Sundersingh Balwansingh Jadhav boarded a train from Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh, to Mumbai to find job. His family was in debt and had recently been forced to sell one of their three acres of land.
Jadhav, who would go on to blow the whistle on a flourishing kidney racket, arrived in Mumbai as a teenager and first landed a job at a food stall. After working there for two months, he was hired to work at a videogame parlour near Dreamland Cinema at Grant Road. Owner Bharat Bhushan Sharma, who was known as Parekhbhai in the area, paid him Rs 6,000 a month to clean the videogame machines.
Over time, his coworker Shailesh noticed that Jadhav never travelled to his village, and brought this to Sharma’s notice. On being questioned, Jadhav told Sharma the reason – that his family was broke. Hearing this, Sharma offered to pay, and Jadhav and Sharma spent a few days in their village in 2010 before returning to Mumbai.
Then in 2012, when Sharma knew that Jadhav needed money for his sister’s wedding, he seized the opportunity and introduced Jadhav to Dr Iqbal Khan. Dr Khan allegedly told Jadhav that if he donated a kidney, he would get enough money to clear his debts and pay for his sister’s wedding. Jadhav was also promised a well-paying job.
Once Dr Khan had convinced Jadhav to donate a kidney, he introduced him to the alleged mastermind of the racket, Bijendra Bissen alias Sandeep. Jadhav was taken to Hiranandani hospital in Powai, where he was introduced to Nilesh Kamble, the hospital’s transplant coordinator.
In his statement, Jadhav said he agreed to donate a kidney as he was told it would regrow. On April 13, 2016, one of his kidneys was transplanted into a woman named Dimple Rungta. Jadhav was paid a paltry Rs 10,000 and it was not long before he realised that he had been duped.
Jadhav was staying at Dombivali, at the home of a certain Yusuf, when Shobha Thakur, who would later be charged in the kidney racket, moved in. She told Jadhav that she was donating one of her kidneys for Rs 1.5 lakh. This angered Jadhav and he told his friend Abid Khan about it. Khan tipped off the Powai police, who raided Hiranandani hospital just before Shobha was to undergo surgery.
The Powai police went on to record Jadhav’s statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and considers it one of the key pieces of evidence.