Amritsar kidney racket: 4 sentenced to 5 year jail
Four people were sentenced to five-year imprisonment by a local court in the kidney scam unearthed by the Punjab Police in 2002.punjab Updated: Jan 30, 2014 21:27 IST
Four people were sentenced to five-year imprisonment by a local court in the kidney scam unearthed by the Punjab Police in 2002.
Additional sessions judge Sham Lal on Wednesday sentenced Ajay Kumar, Surinder Singh, Tarsem Singh, all hailing from Punjab, and Gurinder Singh, from Uttar Pradesh, to five years in prison and imposed Rs-5,000 fine each.
The court acquitted two people, lawyer Rajan Puri and Kala Singh, citing lack of evidence against them.
It also declared three accused, Rajesh Kumar of Kanpur, Vicky Bhatia from Amritsar and Rafiq Mohammed from Srinagar, as absconding.
On March 16, 2008, criminal cases were registered here against all accused in connection with preparing fake documents for kidney donors and recipients and running an illegal kidney racket.
During search operations in the city in 2008, police had arrested the six accused from the Hussain Pura locality in Amritsar and recovered several fake documents, government rubber stamps, fake degree certificates and fake ration cards from them.
The accused had allegedly lured poor people into donating or selling their kidneys while paying huge amounts, on the basis of fake documents. They had also prepared fake certificates for minor donors, wherein they were shown to be adults.
On November 2 last year, court had awarded eight years' imprisonment to former police inspector Suresh Kumar from Haryana, and sentenced five doctors to a five-year jail term in connection with the kidney racket.
Additional district sessions judge GS Bakshi had held guilty former Government Medical College (GMC) principal Dr OP Mahajan, the-then head of forensic department of GMC Dr Jagdish Gargi, Dr SK Grover, Dr HS Bhutani and Dr Rajinder Singh.
Kumar had allegedly got a kidney transplanted by illegitimate means, with the help of the convicted doctors.