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Now, army hospital under scanner for 'illegal' transplants

Delhi Police have accused the authorisation committee of the RR Hospital, which sanctions permission for organ transplant, reports Naziya Alvi.
By Naziya Alvi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2008 02:14 AM IST

The Delhi Police have accused the authorisation committee of the Army's Research and Referral (RR) Hospital, which sanctions permission for organ transplant, of negligence while giving such sanctions.

In a chargesheet filed in a case of illegal kidney transplant registered in Delhi's CP police station, the police have named two employees of the hospital's neurological department — S Prasadand Raj Pal — of being involved in several illegal kidney transplants that allegedly took place at the hospital. The case is in the stage of framing of charges against the accused and will come up for hearing on March 25.

The police, in a detailed chargesheet, has cited several cases of illegal organ transplantation that took place at the hospital. It alleges in all the cases, the recipient and the donor were shown to be siblings. However, in all the cases the police later found there was no relation between the donor and the recipient. But every case was given speedy sanction by the authorisation committee.

The case first came to the police's notice in August 2004 when Kishore Kumar, whose kidney was allegedly removed and donated to one Veena Devi, filed a case against Sanjay Kumar, a tout.

Kishore, who used to work as a waiter at wedding parties, met Sanjay near CP's Hanuman Mandir. Sanjay soon befriended Kishore. Once when Kishore complained of stomach ache, he took him to the RR Hospital. He was asked to tell his name as Jagdish as Sanjay claimed to have a hospital card on the said name. He was made to sign some documents as Jagdish.

Kishore, who claims to be illiterate, said he had no knowledge of what the documents read. He was soon admitted at the hospital and was operated. He remained under observation for the next 15-20 days. A few days later, Kishore went back to his village and fell sick.

During a local check-up, he was told this was due to the recent operation as one of his kidneys had been removed.

Kishore, who was shocked to hear this, came back to Delhi and filed a case of cheating against Sanjay.

"During investigation, it was found 'Jagdish' was the name of Veena's brother. The accused persons had fraudulently got an affidavit signed from the victim, saying he was willingly and knowingly donating his kidney to his sister Veena," the police said.

The police soon arrested Sanjay. They also found the said modus operandi was rampant at the hospital: many cases sanctioned by the authorisation committee.

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