Dr SANTOSH RAUT, one of the biggest names in illegal kidney transplants, may be linked to the cartel allegedly running a transplant racket at L H Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai’s Powai area.
Raut, arrested from Delhi by Gujarat Police last week, has been arrested in Mumbai twice in the past. With the names of two men working for his cartel emerging during the interrogation of one of the accused in the Powai case, Mumbai Police is checking if Raut is linked to the Powai case too.
Raut, said to be the linchpin of an international ring spread across India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal, is allegedly involved in over a thousand illegal kidney transplants.
Raut, a Mumbai-based Ayurveda practitioner, was first booked by Mumbai Police in a similar case in 1995 and then in 2008, according to officers. Prior to Raut’s arrest, Gujarat Police had arrested Rafique Ahmedbhai Vora, who sold his kidney, and agents Mukul Chaudhary, Sher Ali Khan Pathan alias Sheru and one Javed Khan.
“During the interrogation of the accused in the Powai case, the names of Sheru and Javed were mentioned as facilitators of the racket. We suspect them to be the same persons who were accomplices of Dr Raut,” said an officer involved in the probe.