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Staff of Apollo doctor among two arrested

delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2016 11:20 IST

NEW DELHI: A day after Brajesh Chauhan, personal staff of a doctor at Apollo Hospital, was questioned for his alleged involvement in the kidney scam, the police formally arrested him on Saturday.

Another person, Deepak Kar, has been arrested in Kolkata and is being brought to Delhi for questioning, sources confirmed.

Investigators claimed that the two men were in direct contact with kingpin T Rajkumar Rao and had facilitated drafting of some forged documents required forthe kidney transplant at the hospital.

In a statement last week, the hospital had said all the arrested were “secretarial staff of some doctors” and “not employees of the hospital”. The hospital had said that “they were victims of a well-orchestrated operation to cheat patients”.

Sources said the men had also initiated transplants at a hospital in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, in 2012-13. So far, 11 persons, including two personal assistants of another Apollo hospital doctor and four kidney donors, have been arrested in the scam.

Chauhan told the police that one Shailash introduced him to Rao and he was offered a commission of Rs 50,000 for each successful transplant. Chauhan allegedly played a key role in swapping original files with forged ones and was paid Rs 1.5 lakh for the job.

Deepak Kar, police said, was in constant touch with Rao and had gone underground after the scam was unearthed in Delhi. The police however arrested him with the help of local sources and technical surveillance. He will be questioned by the investigators in Delhi.