A day after Sadhna, the arrested employee of the National Kidney Hospital, claimed that hospital owner Dr Rajesh Aggarwal was privy to the developments that are under the scanner, now the kidney racket kingpin, Junaid Ahmed Khan, and lab assistant Harwinder Lal, have also pointed finger at the doctor-owner.
HT talked to lab assistant Harwinder at the local civil hospital where police had taken him for medical examination. He alleged that Dr Aggarwal was aware of all activities going on in the hospital. He said the police should arrest him for his involvement in the human organ trade.
Harwinder was working as lab assistant with Sunder Lab, a collection centre of the Dr Lal Path Lab, on Garha Road in the city. The lab is owned by Deepa Aggarwal, wife of Dr Rajesh.
"I was getting only `9,000 monthly from the lab and used to change blood sample only when someone from the hospital would make a phone call," said Harwinder.
"It is very easy to recognise two persons in their blood relations (like brother-brother or other relatives) and I did only what the hospital staff asked me to do. The police have nabbed only small fishes and poor people," claimed Harwinder.
Junaid Ahmed Khan said, "I used to arrange donors and make fake identity proofs and the doctor (Rajesh) was in the know of this. My Lucknow-based friend Gaurav Misra had brought me to the hospital to donate kidney. While I got only `3.50 lakh, Misra received `10 lakh. I was surprised over the amount of money Misra received. Then, I started arranging donors", Khan added.
Kidney scam accused Sadhna (covered face) Harwinder Lal (center) and Junaid Ahmad Khan (right) during medical examionation in Jalandhar, India on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)
The police on Wednesday evening produced Sadhna, Khan and Harwinder in a local court and demanded their five-day remand.
Assistant commissioner of police (Model Town) BIS Kahlon, a member of the special investigation team (SIT), said the police are yet to recover cash and other documents in connection with the case after interrogating the accused.
Sadhna's counsel Jatinder Arora contended that even as she (Sadhna) named Dr Rajesh Aggarwal in her confessional statement, the police have not recorded the same.
The ACP said the police have recovered `1 lakh, a TV set, an inverter from the house of Sadhna and they would grill the trio. After hearing arguments, the court sent Sadhna and Harwinder to two-day police custody. They will be produced in the court on Friday.
Junaid, however, was sent to judicial custody.
Speaking to mediapersons outside the judicial courts premises, Kahlon refuted claims that Sadhna had named Dr Rajesh Aggarwal, saying she never mentioned his name during interrogation.
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.