With the arrest of one person and the registering of a criminal case against five others,the Mohali Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to look into the alleged involvement of two local hospitals in the kidney scam unearthed last year,claimed to have moved a step closer to unearthing the mystery around the transplants.
A report was submitted to Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar by the SIT today. Speaking to mediapersons here today,Bhullar said,We have arrested Sachin alias Fagu Lal,a technician at Surya Kidney Centre. Five more persons including Shakeel,Vikas,Amitabh Panday,Manju Panday and Abishek Anand Panday,(mother & brother of Amitabh) have been booked under various sections of the IPC including cheating,fraud and forgery,criminal conspiracy and under Sections 18,19A,20 of the The Human Organs Transplant Act.
However,Surya Kidney Care Administrator Jashandeep claimed that Sachin was never an employee there or an associate of the hospital in any capacity. He worked for a private laboratory and used to come to the centre to collect blood samples as the DNA testing facility for establishing family relationships is not available at the centre.
It was on December 25 that the UP Police had busted the kidney scam. The arrested persons had confessed to luring poor and needy persons to Mohali for kidney transplants,based on fake identities and addressees of both recipients and donors. Mohali DC Varun Roojam had then asked Civil Surgeon Dr Usha to investigate the matter and submit a report.
Incidentally,the report submitted by the civil surgeon had given a clean chit to the two hospitals and recommended that a police probe be ordered to physically verify the antecedents of the donors and recipients and ascertain if they actually resided at the addresses they mentioned in the documents submitted for transplant.
The police investigation has revealed that certain recipients and donors of kidneys who were permanent residents of Nepal were shown as temporary residents of SAS Nagar by these two hospitals and were operated on illegally. As per Section 6F(e),it is mandatory to have a report from senior embassy staff. In these cases a report from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was sought,which is a clear violation of section 6F(e),the SSP pointed out.
Meanwhile,Jashandeep stated that two kidney transplants were conducted at the centre on citizens of Nepal and in both the cases necessary approvals had been taken from the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi.
During the inquiry,it was found that doctors of Silver Oaks and Surya Kidney Hospital,Mohali,had violated the norms of the Human Organ Transpiration Act. Another three-member SIT,comprising SP Sec & Tfc,SP (City-II),Insp Raghubir Singh I/C Litigation Branch,SHO PS Phase-8 Mohali & SHO PS City Kurali has been constituted to further investigate the matter,said Bhullar.