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Kidney racket accused in judicial custody

Special CBI Magistrate RN Bharti sends Dr Aggarwal, Dr Jeewan Rawat and his lab technician in judicial custody till March 20, reports Dev Sarup Mathur.
Hindustan Times | By Dev Sarup Mathur, Ambala
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2008 02:13 AM IST

Special CBI Magistrate RN Bharti on Friday sent illegal kidney transplant scam accused anesthetist Dr KK Aggarwal, Dr Amit Kumar's brother Dr Jeewan Rawat and his laboratory technician Manoj Kumar in judicial custody till March 20.

Sources said kidney racket kingpin Dr Amit Kumar and Dr Upinder could not be produced in the court as they are in police custody at Jaipur and Faridabad, respectively. Sources added that Dr Upinder has been admitted to a hospital for treatment after he complained
of illness.

Sources said the court would also hear arguments on the CBI application on March 20 in which the agency had sought the permission to seal the overseas bank accounts of Dr Amit. Earlier the court had dismissed the bail application of Manoj while the CBI had argued that investigations are not complete.

A case was registered against Dr Amit and his brother Dr. Jiwan Rawat at Sandola police station in Jaipur in 1995. Sources said cases against Dr Amit are also registered in Maharastra, Uttar Pardesh and Andhra Pardesh.

Dr Amit was nabbed from a guesthouse near Indo- Nepal border in February, 2008.
An FIR was lodged at Palam Vihar police station at Gurgaon on January 27 and the accused were booked under sections 326, 342, 420 of the IPC and Human Organs Transplant Act 1994.

Meanwhile, Dr Jeewan's wife Pooja, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail, has moved a bail application, which would be heard by Special CBI Judge RK Saini on March 10.

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