Naming three doctors in his statement, recorded by Directorate of Health Services (DHS) on September 17, kidney donor Sunder Singh has said that he was fooled into donating an organ after the doctors assured him “kidney donation is just like blood donation”.
The 23-year-old donor has supplied documents of three other kidney transplants, conducted at the Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital this year, to the Powai police for investigation.
According to his statement, Singh earlier worked in a video parlour called Dreamland and he came in touch with agent Iqbal Khan through his employer Bharat Sharma.
“I was promised that all my financial problems will come to an end,” he has said in his statement in Hindi.
Singh donated his kidney on April 17 this year, posing as the brother of recipient Dimple Manak Himraamka (Roongta). He was earlier paid Rs 10,000 and later Rs 45,000 for donating his kidney.
Himraamka, a Gujarat resident, has now been summoned by DHS for questioning.
In his statement, Singh has pointed out how the racket was allegedly managed by hospital transplant coordinator Nilesh Kamble and kingpin Bijendra Bisen.
“Kamble taught me the Mumbai address I was supposed to cite as mine before the hospital committee,” Singh has said. Singh has added
that three doctors from the hospital assured him that his kidney would “grow back” after donation.
DHS is now probing the allegations by Singh in three other transplant cases.
The kidney racket was busted in July this year when the police halted an illegal transplant midway between donor Shobha Thakur and recipient Brijkishore Jaiswal.
In his statement, Singh has claimed that Thakur was also fooled into donating her kidney and promised money and assurance that her health would not suffer.