Delhi cop held for letting off kidney kingpin, six fleeFebruary 15th, 2008 - 3:50 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Delhi Police Friday registered a case against seven of its personnel and arrested one of them for allegedly accepting bribes in the kidney transplant scam headed by Amit Kumar, who was nabbed last week in Nepal. While an assistant sub inspector, Ravinder Kumar, was nabbed, six others managed to flee after Delhi Police’s Crime Branch registered a case following directions from police chief Y.S. Dadwal.
The six are said to have been bribed by Upendra Aggarwal — the Ballabhgarh-based physician who was the first to have been arrested after the scam was unearthed Jan 24 — to let off Amit Kumar alias Santosh Rameshwar Raut.
“We have registered a case and are investigating the matter,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.
Police sources said the case was registered after Amit Kumar, suspected to have been behind 600 kidney thefts, spilled the beans during his interrogation by CBI sleuths.
Earlier this month, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mahendra Lal had blamed Delhi Police officials for extorting money from Upendra Aggarwal to let off his close associate Amit Kumar.
“Harpal, Amit Kumar’s driver who was arrested last week, in his interrogation revealed that Delhi policemen picked up Amit Kumar and his brother Jeewan 20-25 days ago (in December) and took them to Connaught Place area. They later let them go,” Lal said. “We have asked Delhi Police to inquire into it,” Lal added.
Gurgaon Police sources said the brothers were allowed to go free after three inspectors and a constable extorted a large amount of money from them.
According to sources, Harpal also revealed that Delhi Police officials had thrice taken bribes from Amit and Jeewan, indicating that they were well aware of the thriving racket in illegal kidney transplants but did not bother to act or inform the Gurgaon Police.
Delhi Police had once arrested the brothers after registering a case of an illegal organ transplant at the Nizammudin police station in 2001. The duo, however, was released on bail. The allegations had been denied at that time.
The clandestine racket of illegal kidney transplants, which served international clients from Britain, the US, Greece, Lebanon, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, was busted by the police forces of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Jan 24 in Gurgaon, an emerging IT hub on the outskirts of the Indian capital.
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