Mumbai, August 10: The Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested the Chief Executive Officer and four other doctors of the LH Hiranandani Hospital in the connection for their alleged involvement in the kidney selling racket. Dr Sujit Chattarjee (CEO), Dr Anurag Naik, Medical Director, Dr Mukesh Shete, Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Prakash Shetty were arrested under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act. This takes the total number of arrests to 12 in the kidney racket case.
The racket came into light when the police were tipped off that a kidney transplant operation had been scheduled on 14 July at the privately-run Hiranandani Hospital where donor and recipient were not related. The operation on Brijkishor Jaiswal, the recipient, was stopped as police found that the woman who was donating him the kidney was not his wife, contrary to the papers submitted by the duo. Police then started investigating and found that many from the hospital were involved in the racket. Following the investigation, seven people were arrested in July.
According to sources, kidney transplant was charged around Rs 25 to 30 Lakhs and the donor was given very less amount. According to sources, few arrests are also done from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Meanwhile, surgery license of all the arrested doctors accused in kidney racket is been revoked. The hospital spokesperson said that they were conducting an internal inquiry and will only comment once it's over.
Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said the doctors were arrested based on the state health department report that pointed to their involvement in the racket. "Based on the report of the state appropriate authority, the Powai police arrested the five doctors, including the CEO and the medical director, at 8.30 PM on Tuesday," said Dudhe. However, according to sources the arrests follow after medical social worker Kamble's confessions to the police.