Murder charge framed against kidney racket accused

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 22:19

Ambala: A CBI court here today framed
charges, including that of murder, against the kingpin of
kidney transplantation racket Amit Kumar and eight others,
paving the way for start of trial against them.

All the 9 accused, including Amit, his brother Dr Jeevan,
Dr Upender, Dr K K Aggarwal, Dr Surge, Linda, Jagdesh,
Gyasudeen and Manoj were present in the court of special judge
A S Narang.

The court framed the charges against Amit under section
307 (attempt to murder), 342 (wrongfully restraining any
person), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous
weapons or means), 417 (cheating), 506 (criminal intimidation)
and section 19-20 of Transplantation of Human Organ Act 1994.

The charges were framed against other accused under
different sections.

CBI in its chargesheet filed on April 29, 2008, had said
the accused lured unsuspecting people to a hospital at Gurgaon
and other places where their kidneys were removed and sold at
higher prices to needy people, including patients from abroad.

The chargesheet said the cases for removing kidneys were
also registered against Amit and his brother Jeevan in
Rajasthan, Maharashtra and several other states.

They duped around 500 people, mostly from the
underprivileged section of society, into donating their
kidneys.

Amit was arrested from Chitwan along the border with
Nepal in February 2007. One of the accused--nurse Linda--was
granted bail by the court while the other 8 accused, including
Amit and his brother, are lodged in Ambala Jail since 2008.

The CBI court has fixed September 30 for recording of the
evidence.

The CBI chargesheet has submitted a list of 236 witnesses
and 130 medical equipments which were taken into possession
from the nursing home of Amit in Gurgaon.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 22:19

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