Delhi Police have detained the personal assistant (PA) of a senior nephrologist at Apollo Hospital in connection with the investigation into the interstate kidney racket exposed recently, said police Friday.
He was detained after being questioned for nearly eight hours. Earlier, police had arrested two personal assistants of another senior nephrologist of the hospital in the case.
“One suspect has been detained for questioning. More arrests are likely in coming days,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) M S Randhawa told The Indian Express.
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The name of the detained PA emerged during the questioning of the racket’s alleged kingpin, T Rajukumar Rao, said sources. He took leave from office after the racket was busted on May 30, the sources added.
Investigators are likely to arrest staff of other nephrologists because Rao has claimed
he and 13 accomplices arranged at least 20 surgeries at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar in the last 18 months in connivance with them, the sources added. Top officers of Delhi Police are meeting Saturday to discuss the case and decide the action plan, said a source.
“Delhi Police will also question Rao’s aide Deepak Kar. He surrendered at a police station in Kolkata within 24 hours of Rao’s arrest and is being brought to Delhi on transit remand. Kar’s role is still unclear,” said a police officer.
Police are also probing Rao’s links with similar rackets in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore.
“Rao revealed he started running the racket in Delhi in 2015, when he met several nephrologists and their office staff at Apollo Hospital after posing as a medical representative,” said a police source close to the case.
Apollo Hospital, in a statement, said, “We have been co-operating with police in their investigation and have formed the Justice Mudgal committee to conduct a detailed enquiry. We reiterate that we have nothing to do with the racket. We will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients.”