A metropolitan magistrate’s court on Thursday granted bail to five doctors of Dr LH Hiranandani hospital, Powai.
The accused, CEO Sujeet Chatterjee, medical director Anurag Naik, and doctors Mukesh Shete, Mukesh Shah and Prakash Shetty, who were arrested in connection with the kidney racket, were granted bail on a surety of Rs 30,000.
The court also imposed other conditions including presenting themselves at the police station once a week till the next month. The five will also not be permitted to leave the country without seeking the court’s permission.
The doctors were arrested on August 18 for alleged negligence in following regulations governing organ donation. So far, three others, including the intended recipient of the kidney, Brijkishore Jaiswal, organ transplant coordinator at the hospital Nilesh Kamble and the donor, Shobha Thakur, have been granted bail.
Earlier in the day, the Powai police recorded the statement of Sundar Singh, one of the whistleblowers in the kidney racket, which has led to the arrests of 14 persons in the case so far. Singh has claimed that he too had illegally donated his kidney in return for money.
The police will send his statement to the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), which will decide if a fresh FIR has to be filed in the matter. Singh, who claimed he donated his kidney in March this year, was summoned by the Powai police for recording his statement.
“His detailed statement was recorded for over three hours,” said an officer. Singh claimed he had been duped into giving his kidney in exchange for money and was eventually not paid anything. Talking to The Indian Express, Singh said, “I have told the police about the injustice that I was made to suffer.”
A senior officer said that Singh’s statement will be added as a witness statement to the chargesheet. “Whether a separate FIR has to be registered in the case of Singh illegally donating his kidney in March will be decided on the basis of the DHS report,” he said.