An accused in the infamous kidney racket of Jalandhar, Dr Rajesh Aggarwal on Tuesday secured anticipatory bail from the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The high court bench of justice Jaswant Singh during the resumed hearing on a bunch of petitions in the matter also confirmed the bail plea of his wife and co-accused Deepa Aggarwal.
Two more petitioners Sunil Kaul and Chandra Kaul also got relief from the high court in the form of anticipatory bails.
In its order on Dr Rajesh’s petition, the high court bench, while staying his arrest, directed him to join the investigation before Jalandhar Police at 10am on January 18. The matter would be next heard on April 7.
The petitioner, who is the owner of National Kidney Hospital, Jalandhar, had argued in the petition that the Jalandhar Police had no jurisdiction to either investigate or arrest any person for alleged commission of offences under the Transplantation of Human Organs (TOHO) Act, 1994.
Deepa had got anticipatory bail from the high court on November 28, which was made absolute on Tuesday.
Sunil Kaul, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, is shown as a recipient of a kidney by the hospital, and he and his wife, Chandra Kaul, have been made co-accused in the racket as Kaul’s transplant was reportedly conducted at Aggarwal’s hospital on fake documents.
The Jalandhar police had registered a case under the TOHO Act, 1994, and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including forgery and criminal conspiracy in the kidney racket scam on July 30, 2015.