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Kidney racket: MLA denies role in transfer of SIT key member

Amid the reports that Jalandhar cantonment Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Pargat Singh is behind the transfer of additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation) J Elanchezhian, a key member of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the kidney scam, in the middle of the investigation, the MLA denied any role into the development.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:57 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times
Jalandhar Kidney Racket,Shiromani Akali Dal,Pargat Singh

Amid the reports that Jalandhar cantonment Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Pargat Singh is behind the transfer of additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation) J Elanchezhian, a key member of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the kidney scam, in the middle of the investigation, the MLA denied any role into the development.

As per information, members of super-specialty forum of Indian Medical Association (IMA) had met MLA Pargat Singh at his residence on Saturday morning and had sought his intervention in the kidney racket case, involving Dr Rajesh Aggarwal and his wife Dr Deepa Aggarwal of National Kidney Hospital, who have been absconding after their bail plea was rejected by the local court on September 3. MLA had assured them to arrange their meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal into this incident.

Speaking with Hindustan Times, Pargat said he was representative of the people and anyone could meet him to apprise him of their problems with a hope of finding solutions to it in this democratic set up. He said that the IMA members had come to him and stated about Dr Rajesh's case, besides his achievements.

"The IMA members said there were some procedural lapses detected into some surgeries, which were done unintentionally and Dr Aggarwal had done nothing wrong," he said, adding that they asked him to arrange a meeting with the deputy chief minister and he only assured them of it.

The former Indian hockey team captain also said the IMA members complained that they were not being heard properly by the police. "I have nothing to do with the transfer of additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation) J Elanchezhian. Those who have committed mistake or violated any law will face action," the MLA added.

When asked about the meeting with deputy chief minister, MLA said whenever he (Badal) would be available here and has time to listen to the IMA members, it would be arranged.

IMA president Dr Rajeev Sood said Dr Rajesh was a member of the association and till the time he wasn't proved guilty, the IMA would support him. "We have full trust on Jalandhar police that it will conduct a fair probe into this case," Sood said, adding that Dr Aggarwal had also co-operated with the police and whenever, they have called him, he has joined the investigation.

"Aggarwal should have been given more time to get proper records and documents," Sood said.

On the other hand, the city police claimed to have formed six different teams to arrest Dr Aggarwal and his wife Deepa who are absconding after their bail plea was rejected by the local court on September 3. "Teams are expected to raid places in Lucknow, Delhi, Pathankot and other cities in the coming days to nab them," the police said.

SIT's spokesperson ADCP (headquarters) Alka Meena failed to respond to the calls.

The case

On July 31, the police had arrested Junaid Ahmed Khan and Kuldeep Kumar of Faridabad in Haryana, and Vardaan Chander Rao of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh for running a kidney racket. Later, the police also arrested Harwinder of Raheempur village on August 1.

Harwinder was working as the lab assistant at Sunder Lab, a collection centre of Dr Lal Path Lab, on Garha Road in the city. The lab is owned by Deepa Aggarwal, wife of Dr Rajesh.

Hospital coordinator Sadhna had surrendered on August 11 and was sent to jail on August 14.

First Published: Sep 06, 2015 20:18 IST