Kidney racket: SIT admits involvement of 3 more doctors

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2016 20:46 IST
Dr Rajesh Aggarwal, who is the husband of another co-owner Deepa Aggarwal, was also quizzed by SIT for an hour at the police lines. (HT PHOTO)

The special investigation team (SIT) entrusted to probe the high-profile kidney racket said on Tuesday that three more doctors associated with National Kidney Hospital were accused in the case and their roles were also under the SIT’s scanner. The racket was unearthed by police on July 30 last year.

The doctors include Dr Suman Mittal, who is co-partner in ownership of the hospital, her husband nephrologist Dr Sanjay Mittal and Dr Puneet Grover.

The revelations came after nearly three-hour questioning of Dr Suman Mittal and Dr Sanjay Mittal by SIT on Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm. Dr Rajesh Aggarwal, who is the husband of another co-owner Deepa Aggarwal, was also quizzed by SIT for an hour at the police lines.

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SIT, headed by deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma and comprising ADCP (headquarters) Alka Meena, ADCP-1 J Elanchezhian, ADCP-2 Amrik Singh Powar and station house officer (SHO) Navdeep Singh grilled the doctors.

After the questioning ended around 5.30pm, DCP Sharma did not provide any concrete information regarding the developments in the case but said SIT would summon the doctors again, whose involvement was suspected in the case.

He said SIT would also summon the third doctor, Puneet Grover, to record his statement in the case.

“Dr Rajesh Aggarwal has not submitted all the documents sought by SIT and he has asked for two more days for submission,” said DCP Sharma, adding that Dr Aggarwal was questioned regarding the Lucknow kidney scam as well.

Notably, DCP Sharma evaded any clear reply when asked if doctor couple, Suman Mittal and Sanjay Mittal, were booked by police in the case.

“We cannot say they have been booked in this case. Their involvement is suspected, so they are accused in the case,” said DCP Sharma.

Speaking with mediapersons, Dr Rajesh said he had handed over the documents demanded by SIT.

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.

Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Dr Deepa Aggarwal have also been granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Sources said after the appointment of inspector general of police (IGP intelligence) Varinder Kumar as supervisory officer to oversee the probe into the case, SIT had speeded up the investigation.

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