The Jalandhar police submitted a 3,000-page chargesheet with supporting documents in the infamous kidney racket in a local court on Tuesday.
The chargesheet has names of 34 accused of which 28 are still absconding, including Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal, owners of Jalandhar-based National Kidney Hospital.
The chargesheet mentions that the police arrested six accused in of which one Vardaan Chander was released on bail recently. The police said that raids were on to arrest the remaining accused.
A case was registered July 30 following which a special investigation team (SIT) comprising deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP headquarters) Alka Meena, ADCP J Elanchezhian, ADCP-2 Amrik Singh Powar and station house officer (SHO) Navdeep Singh was formed.
The accused had been identified as Manjoor Khan, Waqar Khan, Iqbal Khan, Aayush Kumar Jain, Poonam Jain, Mannu, Ankit Arneja, Ankur Arneja of Delhi, Vicky, Sadiq, Tariq Ahmed of Kanpur, Umar Raja Khan, Govinda, Sunil Kaul of Himachal Pradesh, Durga of Kanpur, Sujata, Mahinder Khurana of Delhi, Sudha of Ludhiana, Saiyak Ahmed Khan Gaurav Mishra of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal, owners of National Kidney Hospital, and six others. The court will take up the bail plea of Saboor Ahmed, hospital coordinator Sadhna, alias Neena Rani, and lab attendant Harvinder, for hearing on October 9.
Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana high court will hear the Aggarwals’ plea challenging the first information report (FIR) lodged against them on October 8. During the hearing on September 19, the Jalandhar police failed to submit a reply to the petition, which was later deferred to October 8.
Dr Aggarwal and his wife, who are on the run, had challenged police move to investigate the case under the Transplantation of Human Organs (TOHO) Act, 1994. During the hearing in the high court, the petitioners submitted that they had no role in the illegal kidney transplant racket. The police have no jurisdiction and power to either investigate or arrest any person for the alleged commission of offences under the TOHO Act, 1994, therefore, the proceedings should be quashed, the petitioners told the court.