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Jalandhar kidney scam: SIT constituted second time in 6 months

Lying dysfunctional for past six months, a special investigation team (SIT) that was probing the Jalandhar kidney scam since April this year, has once again been reconstituted this week.

punjab Updated: Oct 05, 2016 13:02 IST
HT Correspondent
The National Kidney Hospital in Jalandhar is in the eye of storm.
The National Kidney Hospital in Jalandhar is in the eye of storm.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Lying dysfunctional for past six months, a special investigation team (SIT) that was probing the Jalandhar kidney scam since April this year, has once again been reconstituted this week.

Sources said that since April, SIT had not held a single meeting in which all members were present to discuss the developments in this case.

Now, the first meeting of reformed SIT has been called on Thursday at 11 am at the office of inspector general of police(IGP crime) Varinder Kumar who is the supervising officer of this case.

The SIT has three IPS officers —Amritsar deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elachezhian, Jalandhar DCP Harjit Singh, ADCP (investigation) Vivek Sheel Soni —besides inspector Navdeep Singh, who is now transferred to Hoshiarpur police line and Police Station-7 SHO inspector Nirmal Singh.

The racket, allegedly being run by city-based National Kidney Hospital, was unearthed in July last year, after the police claimed that several donors and recipients were shown to close relatives by the gang kingpin by forging papers in connivance with the hospital staff.

The SIT’s meeting on Thursday carries more importance with the Punjab and Haryana high court dismissing the anticipatory bail plea of Rajesh Aggarwal of the hospital, the main accused in the kidney racket case on August 16.

However, the city police have so far failed to make an arrest under the pressure of politicians and doctors ‘lobby’.

Further, the high court had also ordered an inquiry into the kidney transplants performed in the state’s hospitals during past three years.

The state government was asked to submit a comprehensive report on the number of surgeries performed, besides the details of the recipients and the donors in three months till November 21 this year.

The government has also been told to specify whether the surgeries were performed in compliance with the provisions of Act.

Aggarwal had argued in the petition last year that police had no jurisdiction to either investigate or arrest any person for the alleged commission of offenses under the Transplantation of Human Organs (TOHO) Act, 1994.

On July 30, 2015, the police had nabbed four persons, namely Junaid Ahmed Khan, Vardaan Chandar Rao, Kuldeep and Saboor Ahmed, for their alleged involvement in human organ trade.

On March 25, 2016, the city police had submitted an 855page supplementary chargesheet against 17 persons.

Those named in the chargesheet are Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal of Chhotti Baradari; Dr Sanjay Mittal and his wife Dr Suman Mittal of Sat Kartar Nagar; Sunil Kaul and his wife Chandra Kaul of Dharamshala; Mahinder Khurana and his wife Sujata Khurana of Kalkaji; Pradeep Kumar Jain, his wife Poonam Jain and son Aayush Kumar Jain of Kailash Hills; Jyoti Arneja, her sons Ankur Arneja and Ankit Arneja of Lajpat Nagar in Delhi; Phool Kumari of Amar Colony in Ludhiana; Manjeet Rani of Rahimpur village of Jalandhar and Sudesh Kumari of Model Town in Kapurthala district.

In August, the police had also filed a chargesheet against Dr Puneet Pal Singh Grover, a junior surgeon in this hospital, in the case.