Hiranandani hospital kidney racket, accused doctors in custody

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The five doctors who were arrested late on Tuesday night for their alleged involvement in the kidney transplant scam at Dr L H Hiranandani hospital in Powai have been remanded to police custody till August 13 by the 66th Court Andheri, Metropolitan Magistrate.

The five doctors who have been arrested are CEO Sujeet Chaterjee, medical director Anurag Naik, Dr. Mukesh Shete, Dr. Mukesh Shah and Dr. Prakash Shetty.

According to Senior Police Inspector, B K Mahadeshwar, Powai police station, “The doctors did not verify the documents properly due to which the negligence occurred. The doctors did not cross-check whether the donor and the recipient were connected or not.”

“We are presently interrogating the accused. We are going through the documents of transplantsconducted by the five doctors. We suspect their involvement in illegal transplants earlier,” said Mahadeshwar.

The Powai Police station arrested the five accused under Section 12 (Explaining effects, etc., to donor and recipient) and Section 21 (Offences by companies) of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994.

The number of people arrested in the case is now 13. Sandeep alias Bijendra Bisen (42), Nilesh Kamble (36), Khwaja (30), Kishan Jaiswal (28), Brijkishore Jaiswal (48), Shobha Thakur (42), Bharat Bhushan Sharma (48) and Iqbal Mohammed Siddiqui (35) have been arrested last month.

It was whistle-blower Mahesh Tanna, who had first alleged that an illegal kidney transplant racket was going on in connivance with senior staff members of the hospital.

On July 13, the Powai police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 419 (cheating by personation),Section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), Section 465 (forgery), Section 467 (Forgery of valuable security, will, etc.), Section 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), Section 471 (Using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record]), Section 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 19 (commercial dealings in human organs) of the Plantation of Human Organ Act.

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