Jalandhar kidney scam – SIT constituted second time in 6 months

Kidney hospital
The National Kidney Hospital in Jalandhar is in the eye of storm.

Lying dysfunctional for past six months, a special investigation team (SIT) that was probing the Jalandhar kidney scam since April this year, has once again been reconstituted this week.

Sources said that since April, SIT had not held a single meeting in which all members were present to discuss the developments in this case.

Now, the first meeting of reformed SIT has been called on Thursday at 11 am at the office of inspector general of police(IGP crime) Varinder Kumar who is the supervising officer of this case.

The SIT has three IPS officers —Amritsar deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elachezhian, Jalandhar DCP Harjit Singh, ADCP (investigation) Vivek Sheel Soni —besides inspector Navdeep Singh, who is now transferred to Hoshiarpur police line and Police Station-7 SHO inspector Nirmal Singh.

The racket, allegedly being run by city-based National Kidney Hospital, was unearthed in July last year, after the police claimed that several donors and recipients were shown to close relatives by the gang kingpin by forging papers in connivance with the hospital staff.

The SIT’s meeting on Thursday carries more importance with the Punjab and Haryana high court dismissing the anticipatory bail plea of Rajesh Aggarwal of the hospital, the main accused in the kidney racket case on August 16.

However, the city police have so far failed to make an arrest under the pressure of politicians and doctors ‘lobby’.
Further, the high court had also ordered an inquiry into the kidney transplants performed in the state’s hospitals during past three years.

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