The Special Investigation Team of the Delhi Police has got sanction from the Delhi Health Secretary to prosecute senior nephrologists of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in connection with the kidney racket busted in June. The SIT had sought the permission in July.
Joint Commissioner of Police (southeast range) R P Upadhyay told The Indian Express that they have received permission to prosecute, and will file a supplementary chargesheet in the case in the coming days.
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On August 31, the SIT had filed a chargesheet against 17 accused, including touts, kidney donors, recipients, the alleged kingpin and three secretarial staff of the hospital, who have been arrested in the case so far. But they did not mention the name of any doctor in the chargesheet.
When contacted, an Apollo spokesperson said, “Police have not informed us of any such development. We are cooperating with the police investigation.”
The racket was busted in June when police found a couple arguing outside the hospital and took them to the police station. Police discovered the woman had illegally donated a kidney, and the case eventually shed light on a larger kidney racket.
By the end of July, police had arrested 13 people, while four others surrendered.
Among those arrested were Shailesh Saxena and Aditya Singh, the personal staff of a senior nephrologist who was later questioned several times by the SIT, the then DCP (southeast district) M S Randhawa said.
According to police sources, the SIT has so far questioned three nephrologists from the hospital in connection with the transplant surgeries. “All of them said they were not aware of the racket and that their personal assistants cheated them after asking them to sign documents, which they later used for illegal activities,” a police source said.
Investigators are likely to summon these doctors and there is a possibility that a supplementary chargesheet could be filed without their arrest, sources said.
A police source said, “People in need of a kidney would get in touch with touts, who would scout for appropriate donors. The donors would impersonate a family member of the recipient and ID documents such as Aadhaar cards or marriage licenses would then be forged.”