The police department on Saturday transferred additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation) J Elanchezhian, a key member of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the alleged kidney scam busted on July 31.
The move came midway through investigations into the alleged scam, raising serious questions over the functioning of the police.
Sources told HT that Elanchezhian (34), a 2010-batch IPS officer who took joined here on August 25 last year, was following the investigation seriously since the racket came to the fore.
The SIT also comprises deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma, ADCP (headquarters) Alka Meena, ADCP-II Amrik Singh Powar, and station house officer (SHO) Navdeep Singh.
Sources said differences among members of the SIT could be behind Elanchezian's transfer.
Some officials are learnt to have held a meeting to plan the arrest of the doctor couple - Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal, owners of National Kidney Hospital - who have absconded since a local court rejected their anticipatory bail applications on September 3.
Interestingly, by the time the meeting ended, Elanchezhian's transfer orders had already come. He has yet to be given a new place of posting.
Sources said a report from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had revealed serious violations by the doctor couple and that Elanchezian wanted to book them under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, but his seniors reportedly denied him the permission to do so.
On August 31, however, the couple was finally booked after the Chandigarh police, which was also keeping a tab on the case, pressed their counterparts in Jalandhar to do so.
Sources also said when the court rejected the bail applications of the Aggarwals on September 3, Elanchezhian wanted to arrest them "immediately", but his seniors "dragged their feet" on the pretext that they needed the order copy and allegedly gave the accused a chance to abscond.