Kidney racket: Raiding teams return empty-handed

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jatinder Kohli
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 21:49 IST
Police officials questioning owner of National Kidney Hospital Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal during investigation in Jalandhar, India. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

The two raiding teams of commissionerate police, Jalandhar, which were sent to Dharamshala and New Delhi to nab the recipients and the donors involved the kidney racket that was busted by the city police six days ago and in which name of National Kidney Hospital had cropped up, returned empty-handed on Thursday.

Six transplant surgeries had come under scanner after the arrest of kingpin Junaid Ahmed Khan on July 31.

Two teams led by assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jail Singh and ASI Mahavir Singh had gone to Dharamshala and New Delhi, respectively. A separate team headed by ASI Bhushan Kumar was also sent to a renowned hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday, but he too returned without any success. The name of a Ludhiana-based hospital had come up during the probe after one of the arrested accused, Sabur, claimed that he had had undergone a transplant there.

An investigating officer said the team members were not properly guided and were not accompanied by any senior officer during the raid, due to which they failed to get any clue about the recipients and the donors.

"I had requested the senior police officials who are members of special investigation team (SIT) to send at least one gazetted officer with each team, but to no avail," he said, adding some wanted to keep the case "low profile".

He said a team headed by ASI Jail Singh conducted raids at various places in Dharamshala to nab Sunil Kaul, who is accused in the racket busted in Jalandhar in July. Kaul had fraudulently produced the identity of his son for the transplant surgery.

He also added that team headed by ASI Mahavir Singh had gone to New Delhi to nab persons, including donor Mannu and recipients Poonam Jain, Ankur Arneja and Mahinder Khurana whose names came out during the investigation.

He told that five accused, including kingpin Junaid Ahmed Khan, Kuldeep Kumar of Faridabad in Haryana, Sabur Ahmed Khan, Vardan Chander Rao of Lucknow and Harwinder of Raheempur village were in six-day police custody from August 2 and would be produced in the court on Friday, where they would seek their police remand.

On Wednesday, the special investigation team (SIT) had recorded the preliminary statements of hospital owners Deepa Aggarwal and her husband Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and had given them two days to give their written statement.

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