Family members of two of the accused arrested in connection with an interstate kidney racket have alleged that senior hospital staff may have been involved in the illegal organ trade. The accused — Sailesh Saxena (31) and Aditya Singh (23) — were personal assistants of a senior nephrologist at Apollo Hospital.
Police had arrested the two, along with three alleged middlemen, Thursday. Both live in Badarpur and their houses are located within 3 km of each other. Sources said the nephrologist has gone abroad. Sailesh’s mother Sumanlata, alleged that the racket was being run by senior hospital staff. “I don’t know who is behind this but my son has been trapped by hospital staff. Their roles should also be investigated,” she alleged.
She added, “He was never involved in anything illegal. He was happy with his wife and children. We are shocked… we hope the truth will come out soon.”
According to his family, Sailesh had worked for the doctor for over two years and used to spend most of his time at the hospital. “He left for work at 8 am and came home by 8 pm. Though he never told us what kind of work he did, he would often tell me about patients who would come for a check- up,” said his wife Sakshi.
His family claimed that Sailesh had worked as a storekeeper in Apollo Hospital earlier. Meanwhile, Aditya’s father, Akhilesh, alleged that his son had been lured by someone into the racket. “Such a racket cannot be run without the knowledge of higher authorities,” he alleged.
His brother Alok said Aditya had come to Delhi from Allahabad three years ago and started working for the doctor.
Apollo Hospital, in a statement, had said, “We reiterate that these men are not employees of the hospital. While all due precautions were conducted, the use of fake and forged documents was used for this racket with a criminal intent.”
On Saturday night, Delhi Police served notice to five heads of department of Apollo Hospital and asked them to join the investigation into the racket.
“We have served them a notice under Section 160 of the CrPC and asked them to join the investigation. We have also served them a notice under Section 90 of the CrPC and asked them to submit several documents for
further investigation,” said a police officer.