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Blast convict wants to sell off kidney to fund defence

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 00:44

Mumbai: Hanif Sayed, who alongwith his wife Fahmida was sentenced to death for their role in 2003 Gateway of India blast, wants to sell off his kidney to raise money for legal defence, his lawyer said.

"He wrote to me last week saying that he wants to
auction one of his kidneys to pay the lawyers," advocate
Sushant Kunjuraman told PTI today.

"I am going to file a petition in the High Court,
seeking direction to the government that Sayed be allowed to
sell his kidney," Kunjuraman said.

Sayed was a taxi driver by profession before his

Sayed, his wife, and one Arshad Ansari were convicted
by the court last year for carrying out twin blasts -- at
Gateway and Zaveri Bazar -- which killed 54 people.

Their appeals are pending before the High Court.

"Since he is in jail, if he wants to sell his kidney,
government`s permission is required," Kunjuraman said.

Under the Indian law, no human organ can be removed
from a living donor unless it is intended for a close
relative. Organ transplants require the consent of
government-appointed committees, and no organ can be sold.


First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 00:44
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