Facing media and public scrutiny to unravel the kidney racket that came to the fore recently, the commissionerate police-appointed special investigation team (SIT) has denied any political pressure involving the case and ruled out a clean chit to the owners of the city-based National Kidney Hospital as of now.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation) J Elanchezhian, one of the SIT members, said investigation is being conducted thoroughly and the guilty will not be spared.
Meanwhile, some flaws have emerged in the investigation being conducted by the police so far. Even as the racket kingpin, Junaid Ahmed Khan, had revealed to the investigating officials on July 31 that Neena Rani, alias Sadhna, who works as a coordinator with the National Kidney Hospital, allegedly received lakhs of rupees from him to clear forged documents before kidney transplants, the police named her in the first information report (FIR) almost a week after that and started hunt for her. She has been absconding with her family. Her residence at Kishanpura locality of the city has been found locked.
A police official said the delay by the SIT also cost dear to the investigation process as three raiding teams that were sent to New Delhi, Ludhiana and Dharamsala in Himachal had to return empty-handed.
He further revealed that the licence issued to Dr Rajesh, owner of National Kidney Hospital, for organ transplantation surgery had expired on July 3 this year.
The last of the six surgeries conducted at the hospital that are under scanner was done on June 27, in which Umar Raja Khan of Lucknow was shown as Govinda of Himachal Pradesh and Sunil Kaul of Himachal Pradesh was shown as a recipient.
But the police have been probing whether any kidney transpalant was conducted after July 3 or not.
J Elanchezhian claimed that a thorough investigation is being conducted and all fake documents recovered from the accused are being verified through various agencies. He said once the police arrest Sadhna her certificates and degrees will be checked whether she was qualified to be a transplant coordinator.
The ADCP further said Sadhna is a key link in the racket and she will be arrested soon.
On Saturday, the city police produced the arrested accused — Junaid Ahmed Khan, Kuldeep Kumar of Faridabad in Haryana, Sabur Ahmed Khan and Vardan Chander Rao of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Harwinder of Raheempur village — in a local court.
While Junaid and Harwinder were sent to three-day police remand, the rest were sent to jail.