In a major development, related to the kidney racket case, Powai police arrested five doctors including the CEO and Medical Director of Hiranandani Hospital in the kidney racket case on Tuesday. The doctors—CEO of the hospital Sujeet Chaterjee, Medical Director Anurag Naik and Mukesh Shete, Mukesh Shah and Prakash Shetty—were charged under Section 12 and 21 of the Human Organs Transplantation Act, 1994. The accused are expected to be produced before the Andheri magistrate’s court on Tuesday.
Of the arrested doctors, Shete is a nephrologist, Shah and Shetty are urologists. The arrests were made after the inquiry committee under directorate of health services of the state government, which was investigating the case, submitted its final report. The committee was investigating if the doctors were, in fact, negligent regarding following the protocols of the law.
While Section 12 of the law is related to explaining the possible complications and hazards of the procedure to the donor and recipient, Section 21 holds the in-charge of the company responsible if there is an offence conducted.
The racket was unearthed last month on July 15 when the police received a tip-off about a case of kidney sale at the hospital. The surgery of Brijkishore Jaiswal, a Surat resident, was stopped when it was found that the donor was not his wife as stated. Further investigations revealed the documents produced by them were forged and that Brijendra Bisen was the kingpin behind the operation. Eight people were arrested, including Bisen, Jaiswal, Shobha Thakur, the donor, and the transplant coordinator Nilesh Kamble.
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It was found that Bisen would hire agents to identify possible donors in Gujarat and would forge documents to show the donors were related to the recipients. According to Human Organ transplantation Act, 1994, a near relative—spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, parents and grandparents—need permission of the doctor in-charge to donate his organ.
The hospital management is expected to release a statement by evening.