Kanpur: Sending ripples across the medical fraternity, a major international kidney transplant racket has been busted wherein the CEO of Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI) has been arrested while two leading doctors of Fortis hospital Delhi have been served notice.
In addition, over a dozen leading private surgeons, including top urologists of Delhi are under the scanner of Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with racket, spreading across Turkey and the Middle East countries.
The racket was busted on February 17. People involved in it used to remove kidneys of poor people illegally and send them for transplant into patients, including foreigners.
Medical Dialogues team earlier reported that six people associated with racket running in three different states as well as overseas were arrested by the police. A Delhi doctor was allegedly an associate of the gang who provided the kidney to the overseas clients and charged them higher compared to the Indian recipient.
During the interrogation with the arrested persons, the names of top hospitals including Fortis, Apollo and PSRI had popped up.
Now, in development into the case, influential people like politicians and businessmen are on police radar. The investigation against another leading hospital located in central Delhi is underway and more arrests are likely to be made in the case.
Informing the news to IANS, Senior Superintendent of Police Kanpur, said that the Fortis hospital has been served notice in cases relating to the violation of Transplantation of Human Organs Act.
“Besides Fortis and PSRI, the role of one more hospital of Delhi has come to light where poor people were being cheated by doctors and hospital administration through an organized chain of middlemen,” said an Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer supervising the investigation.
Police are also probing the possible involvement of those who find poor people, forge documents for them and take them to hospitals posing as relatives.
Meanwhile, the police have launched a massive hunt for the Delhi doctor who is identified as a key accused in the case, who brought patients for kidney transplants from countries like Turkey, UAE and other places in the middle east.
The SSP said that the name of another doctor was revealed by at least 10 accused involved in the case. He will be confronted with accused already arrested by the police.
Informing about the racket, the police officials informed that the racket operated like a well-organized crime syndicate. The police sources said that there is enough evidence to prove that the accused removed kidneys of at least 12 donors for a huge amount of money taken from the recipients family. After extracting the kidneys, donors were paid just Rs 2 or 3 lakhs while recipients were charged Rs 70 to Rs 80 lakhs per transplant.
The racket which has sent shock waves amongst country’s medical professionals could see some more leading doctors being rounded up by the police in a few days time, sources added.
A detailed interrogation of the other accused doctor and another key accused is being done by a special team led by Superintendent of Police (Crime) Kanpur, Rajesh Yadav.