SIT conducts search of National Kidney Hospital owners' house

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:41 IST

After the owners of National Kidney Hospital were booked by the city police on Monday evening for the kidney racket being run from their healthcare facility, the special investigation team (SIT) conducted an intensive search of their house at Chhoti Baradari Phase-1 locality late night on the same day. The search operation was kept under wrap by the SIT members.

Suspecting that owners Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Deepa Aggarwal might have hidden records of transplants in their house, the team, however, failed to recover any vital documents from there. However, they seized Rs 1.70 lakh in cash from there.

The police sources said it was now clear that seven transplant surgeries were conducted in the hospital by violating rules and guidelines and the money received by the hospital was also illegal. They added that the entire money being charged by the hospital would also become a case property and once the police took the owners into custody, they would be quizzed about money as well.

Further, if the money had been used by them for purchasing anything or had been invested by them, then all those properties would be involved in the case.

They further revealed that as per The Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, the surgeon had a responsibility to recheck documents of the files of transplant surgeries before removing any organ.

"The competent authority of the hospital was invisible, which was must for any hospital, and the hospital has also to maintain its website to update records of transplants. But both these things are not being followed. The website has been lying dysfunctional and signatures of authority were missing from the papers," they said.

Earlier, the doctors had claimed that Sadhna was authorised to check all the papers before a surgery. But during the investigation, Deepa claimed that she was authorised for the same, creating more suspicion over the competent authority.

The sources said the police have been investigating routine transplant surgeries since it got the licence in 2010.

Moreover, the role of members of the hospital management is also being probed by SIT and those found guilty will be booked in this case.
On Wednesday, arrested hospital coordinator Sadhna will be produced in the local court for a hearing into this case. Hospital coordinator Sadhna had surrendered on August 11 and was sent to jail on August 14.

On July 31, Junaid Ahmed Khan, Vardan Chandar, Kuldeep and Saboor were arrested from Baaz Celebration Hotel for their involvement in the kidney racket. On August 1, Harwinder Singh, a helper at Sunder Labs, was also arrested. Harwinder allegedly used to change blood samples to match the DNA sample reports of donors and recipients.

The laboratory, located on Garha Road in the city, is a collection centre of the Dr Lal Path Lab and is owned by Deepa Aggarwal.

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