The Delhi Police arrested three suspected organ donors – two women from Kanpur and a third person from Siliguri – on Tuesday in connection with the kidney trade racket that was busted at the capital's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, reported ANI. With this, a total of eight people are now in police custody.
On Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party government had said a five-member panel will investigate the racket. The committee, which will be headed by the Dean of Maulana Azad Medical College DK Tampe, has to submit an interim report in a week and its final report within 15 days.
According to Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the panel will examine the hospital’s culpability in the matter and whether there were any procedural lapses there. It will also look into the hospital’s documentation and interview processes and verify whether the authorities followed all the required protocol, Jain said, according to PTI. The committee will additionally create a best-practices list on the subject of organ donation.
On Friday, police had arrested five people in connection with the racket, two of them assistants to doctors at the hospital. The accused had allegedly forged documents to prove that the donors and recipients were related. According to the police, the accused brought people from all over the country to trade in illegal kidneys, and donors would be paid Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh.