Mumbai: On Tuesday, the Mumbai police arrested the Chief Executive Officer and four other doctors of the L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai in connection with an alleged kidney racket which came to light last month.
Mumbai Police's spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said the five doctors were arrested late this evening.
CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee, medical director Dr Anurag Naik, Dr Mukesh Shetye, Dr Mukesh Shaha and Dr Prakash Shetye were arrested under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, he said.
The racket came to light when the police were tipped off that a kidney transplant operation had been scheduled on 14 July at the privately-run Hiranandani Hospital where donor and recipient were not related.
The operation on Brijkishor Jaiswal, the recipient, was stopped as police found that the woman who was donating him the kidney was not his wife, contrary to the papers submitted by the duo.
The woman had pretended to be his wife only to be able to donate the kidney to Jaiswal, according to the police.
Police then started probing if anybody else had received kidney using similar subterfuge and if the hospital authorities were involved.
According to a report by The Times of India, the police have arrested 14 people so far, including the kidney failure patient and his 'fake wife'. Out of the 14, six are associated with the hospital, including a medical social worker, Nilesh Kamble.
Founding trustee of the hospital condemned the operation and said it was a sad day.
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Updated Date: Aug 10, 2016 09:09:21 IST