New Delhi: Delhi Police intensified its search on Sunday for the kingpin of the kidney trading racket, even as they served notices to Apollo Hospital authorities asking them to join probe and provide documents related to kidney transplants in the past few months.
Five separate teams are conducting raids at Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad for the kingpin Rajukumar Rao, who is believed to be in the business for the past few years and connected to similar rackets in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, a senior official said.
Suspecting the involvement of some senior staffers and even doctors in the racket, the Delhi Police has served notices under CrPC sections 90 and 160 to the higher authorities of Apollo Hospital asking them to join probe and provide documents pertaining to kidney transplants carried out in the hospital in the past few months. They will be scrutinised by a 25-member special team set up to crack the entire nexus, the senior official said.
Investigators have also identified at least three recipients and five donors having links with the racket and are considering further legal action.
While two of the donors are women who are presently in hospitals, three recipients are from Kolhapur, Jammu and Ghaziabad.
A police team also visited the address of the Ghaziabad-recipient, but it emerged that he had left that place.
Meanwhile, two more prominent private hospitals in the city have come under the police scanner. Police have so far come across five cases of kidney transplants conducted in the city through this racket and during interrogation the accused disclosed about 10-15 more transplants conducted at Jalandhar and Coimbatore in the past two years, an official said.
They used to charge Rs 40-50 lakh from the recipients, of which not even 10% reached the donors.
Police are also investigating a money trail starting with two bank accounts of one of the arrested persons and believed it can lead them to the kingpin.
With the arrest of five persons, including the personal secretaries of a neurologist in Apollo Hospital, police unearthed the kidney trading racket. The racket used to lure poor people across several states to sell their kidney off and also hound for people desperately looking out for kidney for transplant.
They allegedly forged documents to establish relationship between the donors and the recipients in order to adhere to the law.
In a statement, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said, “We are cooperating and providing to them all information required to help them in their investigation. This matter is of grave concern and our teams are extending all support to the police.”