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CBI seeks info on Dr Amit from abroad

Letters Rogatory sent to Canada, Greece and Turkey for information on kingpin’s bank accounts, properties and network of clients, donors, reports Tushar Srivastava.
Hindustan Times | By Tushar Srivastava, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2008 01:20 AM IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sent Letter Rogatory (LR) to three countries in the multi-crore kidney racket. ML Sharma, special director, CBI, said LRs have been sent to Canada, Greece and Turkey to get more information about the accused.

Sharma was talking to the media on the sidelines of the 6th Interpol “Train the trainer” conference being held at the CBI Academy in Ghaziabad on Monday.

It is suspected that Dr Amit Kumar, the kingpin of the racket, stashed a part of his earnings in Canada where his wife and children live. It is also suspected that he had over the years built a network in these countries that helped him get clients. Kumar, investigators said, got most patients from Turkey and Greece.

Through the LRs, the agency has sought information on investments made by Kumar and his associates, details of his contacts and information about his clients. The special director was all praise for Canadian agencies that he said were cooperating very well with them. “The Canadian government has been very helpful. This will help in restricting Kumar from selling his properties and meddling with his bank accounts,” Sharma said.

“We want to build a watertight case against him by concentrating on these particular aspects,” he said. The agency has also distributed pamphlets and other informative handouts in Meerut and Moradabad to get detailed and exclusive information about Kumar and his dealings.

“People, either illiterate or semi-literate, were being informed through this information campaign. We hope to find those people who have the actual information,” Sharma said.

“We have come to know about a particular square in Meerut district where the labourers assembled to go to work, and this was the place from where a lot of them were allegedly lured by Kumar and his associates,” he added.

Jeevan in Jaipur court

Dr Amit Kumar’s younger brother, Jeevan, was on Monday produced before the sessions court in Jaipur, which remanded him to judicial custody till March 26. Police, however, moved an application seeking his police remand.

Jeevan was brought to Jaipur by a joint team of Haryana and Rajasthan Police. Jeevan along with his brother, Amit, are accused of running an illegal kidney racket from Gurgaon for nearly the last ten years.

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