The kidney racket took another twist on Tuesday when Sadhna, the arrested employee of National Kidney Hospital, the healthcare facilities at the heart of the scam, dropped a bombshell, claiming before the media that hospital owner Dr Rajesh Aggarwal was privy to the developments that are under the scanner now.
She pleaded innocent in the entire controversy, and asked the media to question Dr Aggarwal in this connection.
As soon as she made these claims, the police hurried her into a vehicle outside the district courts, apparently to keep her away from the media.
Sadhna, who surrendered at the police station-7 in Urban Estate, Phase 1, on Monday night, was produced in a local court on Tuesday evening, along with Junaid Ahmed Khan, the alleged kingpin, and lab assistant Harwinder.
However, the police on Monday had claimed that they had arrested Sadhna from the city bus stand.
Much to the embarrassment of the city police, the court sent the three to one-day custody while the former had demanded seven-day custody of the accused. The court refused this on the ground that the police already had taken Khan and Harwinder into custody for more than enough time.
Taking a serious note on finding that Khan and Harwinder did not have lawyers to fight their case, the court asked the police to explain reason behind this.
Station house officer (SHO) Navdeep Singh, a member of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the case, claimed that the two (Khan and Harwinder) had refused to avail services of counsels.
The court, however, observed that Ajmal Kasab, an accused in the 2008 Mumbai attack case, had also refused to take legal help but he was provided a lawyer to ensure a fair trial. The court directed the police to appoint counsels for them.
The SHO had a tough time in the court when the latter asked him as why the police produced the two of the accused so late.
On this, the SHO claimed that they were busy preparing documents.
Sadhna’s counsel Jatinder Arora told the court that even as she surrendered at the police station-7, the cops did not show it on record and instead claimed that she was arrested.
Arora contended that after quizzing Dr Rajesh, the police instead of arresting him gave him ample time to produce documents. He informed the court that while Sadhna is only a computer operator in the hospital and earns `7,000 a month, the police have been claiming that she is a transplant coordinator.
On Sadhna’s claims that Dr Aggarwal knew everything about the racket, ADCP-II Amrik Singh Powar said that investigation is being conducted thoroughly and if the police get evidence against anyone, the guilty will not be spared.
Dr Rajesh Aggarwal was not available for comments despite repeated attempts to reach him.
On July 31, the police had arrested Junaid Ahmed Khan and Kuldeep Kumar of Faridabad in Haryana, Sabur Ahmed Khan and Vardan Chander Rao of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The police arrested Harwinder of Raheempur village on August 1.
On August 8, Kuldeep, Sabur and Vardan Chander Rao were sent to jail.
High drama in court complex
High drama prevailed in the court complex when the police took the accused inside the courtroom after mediapersons tried to talk to them.
A large posse of armed police personnel was deployed outside the main entrance and mediapersons were not allowed to enter the court premises.
When the mediapersons complained to the police commissioner about the high-handedness of cops, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-II) Amrik Singh Powar, ADCP (special branch) Harpreet Singh Mander and ACP BIS Kahlon arrived at the court complex and pacified the agitated journalists.