Few hours after admitting that three more doctors associated with the National Kidney Hospital were accused in the case and their roles were also under the scanner, the city police booked two of them in the case and later arrested them, here on Tuesday.
However, after their formal arrest, the two -- Dr Suman Mittal, who is co-partner in ownership of the hospital and her husband nephrologist Dr Sanjay Mittal -- were granted bail on Tuesday late night.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma, the head of special investig ation team ( SIT), entrusted to probe the racket, confirmed the development and said they were released on bails as per the court’s orders after being formally arrest.
He said the SIT was yet to decide on the next date of questioning the couple. He also said the SIT would soon issue summons to the third doctor, Dr Puneet Grover, to record his statement in the case.
On Tuesday, DCP along with other members of SIT, comprising ADCP (headquarters) Alka Meena, ADCP-1 J Elanchezhian, ADCP-2 Amrik Singh Powar and station house officer (SHO) Navdeep Singh had grilled the Mittal couple and Dr Rajesh Aggarwal.
“Dr Rajesh Aggarwal has not submitted all the documents sought by the SIT and has asked for two more days for to do the same,” said DCP Sharma, adding that Dr Aggarwal was questioned regarding the Lucknow kidney scam as well.
A local court had granted interim bail to Dr Sanjay Mittal and Dr Suman Mittal on January 30. The doctor couple of Sat Kartar Nagar locality had filed the bail application in the court on January 19 and the first hearing was held on January 28.
The kidney racket was busted by the Jalandhar police on July 31, last year, in which the name of National Kidney Hospital near BMC Chowk had cropped up. Six transplant surgeries had come under scanner after the arrest of kingpin Junaid Ahmed Khan.