CBI to trace kidney kingpin’s money abroad

February 28th, 2008 - 12:15 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday started the process of sending Letters Rogatory to Canada, Greece and Turkey through the external affairs ministry to check if kidney racket kingpin Amit Kumar had stashed money abroad. “The process has been initiated and the Letters Rogatory would be sent through the concerned court and the ministry to the three countries,” a CBI spokesman said.

Amit Kumar alias Santosh Rameshwar Raut, now in the CBI custody, was arrested earlier this month from a resort hotel in Nepal for allegedly performing 600 illegal kidney transplants over the past decade.

He and his associates allegedly obtained kidneys from poor labourers illegally, often under coercion, and transplanted these to patients from India and foreign countries, including Turkey, Greece, Canada, the US, Britain and those of the Gulf region.

CBI officials suspect that he owns various properties or has invested a large amount of money abroad.

Sleuths of the India’s premier investigating agency were also looking at the list of Amit Kumar’s foreign patients.

“We are also looking at how the money exchanged hands,” the official said.

The racket came to light Jan 24 when the police from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh raided Amit Kumar’s clinic in Gurgaon, Delhi’s suburban town in Haryana state.

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