In order to prevent organ donations from becoming a commercial practice, the local police in Mumbai will soon assist the six regional authorisation committees to inquire into proposals for transplants between unrelated donors.
Government pleader SK Shinde on Tuesday informed the Bombay high court that the home department had approved a government resolution (GR) authorising the police to inquire into proposals for transplants in cases where the donor is not related to the recipient.
Shinde informed the court that the proposal for creating a separate establishment for authorisation committees had been finalised by the medical education and drugs department and was pending with the finance department.
Acting on three petitions, in June 2013, the court had directed the state to provide a separate establishment and police assistance to each of the six authorisation committees.
The directive was issued to check if there were special reasons that convinced a donor to give an organ to the recipient.
The court found it necessary to make available police assistance as this would help with the field work involved in the inquiry process.
The court was hearing petitions filed by three people suffering from renal failure and in need of urgent kidney transplants.
The three people who wanted unrelated donors had approached the high court after their pleas submitted to their respective authorisation committees had been delayed.
Uday Warunjikar, counsel for one of the petitioners, pointed out that in Maharashtra, the deans of government-run medical colleges have been entrusted to work as chairmen of the six committees and no other members had been appointed.
Following this, the division bench of justice SC Dharmadhikari and justice AP Bhangale said, “Only the chairman cannot act as a committee,” while directing the government pleader to find out when the government would set up proper committees.
The three petitions are now posted for hearing on December 12.