- Hiranandani hospital’s organ transplant licence has been cancelled
- 5 Mumbai hospital doctors were arrested in kidney sale racket
- Around 10 others have been arrested in the case that surfaced in July
The prestigious Hiranandani hospital inMumbai has been ordered to stop organ transplants fornow. Its licence for such operations has beensuspended after five doctors, including the CEO andMedical Director of the hospital, were arrested yesterdayin connection with kidney selling scandal.
Hospital CEO Sujit Chatterjee, Medical Director AnuragNaik, Prakash Shetty, Mukesh Shah and Mukesh Shetyehave been arrested over their alleged role in the illegaltrade and sale of kidneys.
An official spokesperson for Hiranandani Group told IANS that an internal probe is on.
Around 10 others have been arrested in the case that surfaced last month. The police areinvestigating 30 organ transplants in the hospital in the past one year.
A team of medical experts found irregularities in at least four kidney transplant cases at thehospital.
Based on the probe report of the committee, the police arrested the five medicos of the 12years old, 240-bed prestigious hospital, sending shockwaves in the state medical fraternity.
The lid was blown off the racket on July 14 when a social worker, some political activistsand members of a trade union stopped a kidney transplant midway here in which the donorand recipient were found to be fake husband and wife.
Delving deeper, the police identified Brijendra Bisen, who created the false documents withthe help of two other external agents.
Incidentally, Bisen had been earlier arrested in 2007 when one of the biggest kidney sale-transplant rackets was busted nine years ago.
In the current scam, the police had earlier arrested a total of 10 persons, including Bisen,the fake couple comprising recipient Brijkishore Jaiswal, a textile businessman from Surat,and donor Shobha Thakur who was promised Rs. 10 lakh for her kidney, hospital officialNilesh Brijkishore Jaiswal, and others.
The accused have been charged under Section 12 and 21 of the Transplantation of HumanOrgan Act, 1994, and the Indian Penal Code sections, said the police.