The CEO of LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai was sent to judicial custody till August 26, along with four other doctors, in the illegal kidney donation racket case on Saturday by a Mumbai sessions court. The Powai police investigating the racket informed the court that the investigation was complete and they don’t require additional days of custody.
Earlier on Friday, the police scrutined the bank details and call records of the arrested doctors. “We are trying to find out for how long had the accused been in touch with each other and with Brijkishore Jaiswal, the intended recipient of the kidney transplant that was prevented recently and which blew the lid off the racket,” said an officer. The officer said the police are probing “three other transplants” at the hospital.
On Tuesday, police arrested the hospital’s CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee, Medical Director Dr Anurag Naik and three other doctors — Dr Prakash Shetty, Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Mukesh Shete. With police saying more arrests from the hospital were likely, Dr Suwin Shetty of the pathology department, and Dr Veena Salekar, a general surgeon, approached the Dindoshi Sessions court Friday with anticipatory bail applications, which were rejected.
According to data accessed by The Indian Express, a 23-year-old man from Pipli Kala village in Uttar Pradesh donated a kidney to a 30-year-old woman working in New Delhi on March 17 this year. The donor, Sunder Singh — whose role as an intermediary between the Hiranandani hospital and arrested agent Bhijendra Bhisen led to the unraveling of the current case — had posed as the recipient’s brother.
According to documents submitted to the hospital, Singh and the woman recipient were shown as residents of Bhayander in suburban Mumbai. Singh held a ration card, believed to be Arrested nephrologist Dr Mukesh Shete was the consultant nephrologist for Surat businessman Brijkishore Jaiswal, 48, and Anand-based donor Shobha Thakur, whose transplant surgery was stopped minutes before it was to start on July 14. Thakur, 42, had been presented as Jaiswal’s wife.
The transplant surgeons in this case, Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Prakash Shetty, were also arrested along with Shete on Tuesday. Jaiswal and Thakur were made to state their address as Malabar Hills and were given a ration card with a Malabar Hill address.
Sources in the Mumbai Police said apart from these cases, other donors duped in the kidney racket had come forward. The police will record their statements in the coming days.
The police are scrutinising the documents submitted for all transplants at the Hiranandani hospital in the past year, as well as call details of all the accused. Meanwhile, the Hiranandani hospital has appointed Ernst and Young to audit all transplant cases.