The special investigation team (SIT) of Delhi Police probing the interstate kidney trade racket busted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has sought the help of experts during a second round of questioning of senior nephrologists of the institution.
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast district), confirmed the SIT had approached experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) forensic department and the National Organ & Tissue Transplantation Organisation.
During the first round of questioning, investigators had taken the help of experts from the AIIMS forensic department to prepare questionnaires for the senior nephrologists, said sources. “However, the experts were not present during the questioning then. This time, they will be there,” said a source. “In the first round of questioning, the senior nephrologists claimed they had been cheated by their personal assistants,” the sources added.
Delhi Police had busted the kidney racket on June 2 and announced the arrest of two personal assistants of senior nephrologists and three suspected middlemen. Later, one more personal assistant of a senior nephrologist of the hospital was arrested in the case.
The alleged mastermind of the racket, T Raju Kumar Rao, was arrested later from Kolkata. Police also arrested three donors from Siliguri district, and some recipients.
Incidentally, Dr D K Agarwal, a senior nephrologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, had recently filed an application before the Delhi High Court seeking transfer of the case to the CBI.
He had alleged that Delhi Police was harassing him. The court dismissed his application. Police had summoned Dr Agarwal for questioning after investigation revealed he had signed one of the case files pertaining to an organ transplant surgery allegedly facilitated by the racket.