Hiranandani kidney racket: Cops on the lookout for man who helped forge documents

The name of the accused had cropped up during interrogation of one of the arrested accused in the case, said an officer privy to the investigation.

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: August 16, 2016 12:20:49 am
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THE POWAI police investigating the kidney racket at LH Hiranandani Hospital are currently on the lookout for one more person, who is suspected to have helped the accused make forged documents using which they planned on passing of a donor and recipient as relatives.

The name of the accused had cropped up during interrogation of one of the arrested accused in the case, said an officer privy to the investigation.

A team from the Powai police station Monday visited Mumbra, where the accused is suspected to be holed up. They were, however, unsuccessful in finding him.

“A team went to Mumbra on Monday to arrest the accused but he managed to give us the slip,” an officer said. The accused has currently been named as a wanted accused in the case. “We have been tracking the accused. Prior to this, he was travelling in north India. We should be able to arrest him soon,” an officer said.

The police have also found that the network used by alleged mastermind Bhijendra Bisen to procure fake paperwork is the same network that had been used in 2007 when a kidney racket had been busted by the Mumbai police.

“It is surprising that majority of the people who had been arrested in the earlier racket got out on bail and started doing the same thing,” an officer said.

So far 14 people have been arrested in the case. Of the 14 accused, five are doctors from the LH Hiranandani Hospital. Apart from the five doctors, the police had earlier arrested nine persons, including Bisen, agents, those who procured forged paperwork and the donor and recipient.

An officer said that depending upon a report they are awaiting from the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), the total number of arrests in the case could rise.

The Powai police team has sent at least three cases of kidney transplant at the Hiranandani hospital that they found suspicious to the DHS, the authority which will decide on these cases under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994.

The kidney racket was busted on July 14, when on the complaint of a whistle-blower, the police stopped an illegal kidney transplant between a donor and recipient who were not related. As per law, for a kidney transplant to take place both donor and recipient have to be blood relatives.

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