The Powai police are following the trail of the money obtained by the accused in the kidney racket reported at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital two weeks ago.
Surat-based textile agent Brijkishor Jaiswal is alleged to have spent at least Rs 21 lakh on the surgery and the commission to the agents and the donor, Shobha Thakur.
The police have so far scrutinised bank accounts of main accused Bhijendra Bhisen, and fellow agents Iqbal Khan and Bharat Sharma.
“The accused deposited part of the money they received for facilitating the surgery in their bank accounts,” the police had said in its application seeking their custody at the Andheri Court on Tuesday.
“It remains to be investigated how the accused spent the remaining amount or if they used it to pay back any loans. We have to recover that money,” the remand application states.
The police had requested custody of the accused in order to arrest two other men who are alleged to have created forged documents on the behest of Sharma and Khan.
A senior police officer said that fingerprints of all the accused have also been taken, to prove their criminal history.
“For now, our probe is confined to Jaiswal’s planned transplant. We have obtained documents of Bhisen’s criminal case in 2007 and sent it to the state health department. At a later date, we may investigate the role of the accused in previous cases,” the officer said.
The police so far have recovered only Rs 8 lakh from the home of Nilesh Kamble, the former transplant coordinator at the hospital who allegedly passed on forged documents showing Thakur as Jaiswal’s wife, Rekha Devi.
Thakur (42) was placed under arrest following her discharge from Hiranandani Hospital on Tuesday after her stitches were removed.
She was produced in court with the other seven men and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
Thakur’s lawyer, advocate Chetan Alai, said he would file for her bail on Wednesday.
“Now that the accused are in police custody, we will also move for bail,” said Jaiswal’s lawyer, advocate Pramod Pandey.