Delhi cop held for taking bribe, letting off kidney kingpin

February 15th, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) A Delhi Police official was Friday arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe from kidney scam kingpin Amit Kumar. Six other policemen who too accepted bribes to let off Amit Kumar have fled. Assistant sub-inspector Ravinder Kumar was arrested and taken to the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate A.K. Kohar, who sent him to four days’ judicial custody.

On the directions of Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal, Delhi Police Friday registered a case against seven of its personnel for accepting bribes from the kidney kingpin Amit Kumar, who was nabbed last week in Nepal.

The six policemen are said to have been bribed by Upendra Aggarwal, a key associate of Amit Kumar, to let off the scam kingpin. Upendra was the first to have been arrested when the racket was unearthed Jan 24 in a Gurgaon clinic run by 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 against the officials was registered after Amit Kumar, who reportedly conducted 600 illegal kidney transplants, 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 to let off Amit Kumar.

Harpal, Amit Kumar’s driver, during his interrogation revealed that Delhi policemen picked up Amit Kumar and his brother Jeewan in December, but let them go, Mahendra Lal said. The brothers were allowed to go after three inspectors and a constable extorted a large amount of money from them.

Harpal also revealed that Delhi Police officials had thrice taken bribes from Amit and Jeewan, indicating that they were well aware of the thriving kidney racket but did not bother to act or inform Gurgaon Police.

Delhi Police had once arrested the brothers after registering a case of illegal organ transplant at the Nizammudin police station in 2001. However, they were released on bail.

The multi-billion-rupee racket of kidney transplants served international clients from Britain, the US, Greece, Lebanon, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

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