With several key officials having been transferred last month, the Punjab Police have reconstituted the special investigation team (SIT) that is probing the Jalandhar kidney scam.
The racket, allegedly being run from the city-based National Kidney Hospital, was unearthed in July last year, after the police claimed that several donors and recipients were shown as close relatives by the gang kingpin by forging papers in connivance with the hospital staff.
The special investigation team will have three IPS officers —Amritsar deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elachezhian, Jalandhar DCP Harjit Singh, ADCP (investigation) Vivek Sheel Soni and police station-7 SHO Navdeep Singh, with Elachezhian heading the team.
Earlier, Elachezhian was also member of the team when he was posted here. Sources said that the SIT’s supervising officer Varinder Kumar held a meeting with the Punjab director general of police (DGP) following which the same was reconstituted.
On March 25, the city police had submitted an 855-page supplementary chargesheet against 17 persons. 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.