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Jalandhar kidney racket: Cops file supplementary chargesheet against 17

punjab Updated: Mar 26, 2016 09:39 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times
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National Kidney Hospital in Jalandhar. (HT File Photo)

In the high-profile kidney racket that was unearthed in July last year, the city police on Friday submitted an 855-page supplementary chargesheet against 17 persons.

The racket was allegedly being run from city- based National Kidney Hospital.

As part of the alleged racket, as many as seven kidney transplants, which are now under the police scanner, were performed by showing the donors and the recipients as near relatives by the racket kingpin, Junaid Ahmed Khan, in connivance with the hospital staff.

The first challan in the case was filed on September 29 last year against six accused Junaid Ahmed Khan, Kuldeep Kumar of Faridabad, Vardaan Chander Rao, Saboor Ahmed Khan of Lucknow, Harwinder of Rahimpur village and Sadhna of Kishanpura in Jalandhar.

The fresh report has names of 17 people, including three doctors of the National Kidney Hospital.

Those named in the chargesheet are Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal of Chhotti Baradari, Dr Sanjay Mittal and his wife Dr Suman Mittal of Sat Kartar Nagar, Sunil Kaul and his wife Chandra Kaul of Dharamshala, Mahinder Khurana and his wife Sujata Khurana of Kalkaji, Pardeep Kumar Jain, his wife Poonam Jain and son Aayush Kumar Jain of Kailash Hills, Jyoti Arneja, her sons Ankur Arneja and Ankit Arneja of Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, Phool Kumari of Amar Colony in Ludhiana, Manjeet Rani of Rahimpur village of Jalandhar and Sudesh Kumari of Model Town in Kapurthala district.

In the chargesheet, the police have annexed medical reports of donors and recipients as evidence to make a strong case against the accused.

Apart from the reports, the police have attached IDs, fake and original, used by the accused while performing transplants at the kidney hospital.

The report of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DRME) wherein it had stated that only two hospitals — Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, and Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar — had the approval of the hospital-based authorisation committee for conducting kidney transplants in cases of near relatives in Punjab.

This means these hospitals do not need permission from the state government to carry out transplants if the donor and recipient are near relatives.

The rest of the hospitals, including National Kidney Hospital have to send their case to the district-level committee if the donor and recipient are from the state and after getting permission they can conduct the transplant.

As per the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, the authorization committee should be hospital-based in cities if the numbers of transplants exceed 25 a year. If the number of organ transplants in a hospital is less than 25 a year, the state- and district-level authorisation committees would grant approval(s).

The next date of hearing is March 29.