for your breakfast… ?
By Maxwell Pereira
PCR call - regarding breach of peace near the Hanuman Mandir.
A quarrel, that leads the Connaught Place police to intervene
and enquire for action warranted. The quarrelling parties are
taken to the police station. Questioning gets strange facts to
tumble out, unbelievably shocking, unearthing what is now being
bandied about in the media as the 'Kidney Transplantation Racket'.
story unfolds - of an apparent plot of trickery and fraudulent
deals, a nexus and networking for exploitation of the poor, weak
and the vulnerable… of middlemen, touts and behind the scene
operators and unseen puppeteers with strings at their finger-tips…
involving big names, so called do-gooder Samaritans in the guise
of philanthropic doctors and reputed hospitals… all for
big money - be it as succour to the needy, compensation and commission
or remuneration to the facilitators, or as fees and charitable
donations to the hospital in question - in gratitude? A story
of how laws can be bent or circumvented to suit one's end by preparation
of false documents and records to meet the superficially probing
eye of the so-called safeguards ensured against the evil designs
of those invariably on the prowl or look-out.
Kumar of Motihari, Bihar tells the police he was deceived by one
Sanjay Singh @ Sanjay Bihari into admission at one of Delhi's
premier multi-speciality hospitals - the Army Research and Referral
Hospital, on the pretext of getting treated for a stomach ailment.
To facilitate admission and treatment at this hospital exclusive
to Army personnel, he had merely to sign some documents - affidavits,
consent letters and the like, and impersonate as one Jagdish Bridke,
the brother of a Beena Devi and son of one Neelambar Bridke of
Bano Village in Ranchi. An illiterate, he does what he is told
just to get treated free at this impressive hospital, signs as
Jagdish the documents - all prepared in English, little knowing
that on record he is the willing donor of his kidney to his 'sister'
the clandestine 'donation' of his kidney, related recuperation
and hospitalization, Kishore is discharged and goes back to his
village. Complications crop up though after some time. He seeks
medical help for suspected kidney stone at a Patna hospital, where
doctors tell him he is minus his left kidney! A horrified Kishore
comes back to Delhi in search of Sanjay Bihari, who takes him
to another Sanjay at Hanuman Mandir. The confrontation and the
resultant quarrel generates the PCR call that brings the police
in the picture.
reveals he got Rs.5000/- for procuring a potential kidney donor
and further spills the beans on the varied contours and ramifications
of the racket. The police make progress by immediately rounding
up some more touts in the network including, Sanjay, Mukesh Bhatt
and Rakesh Kumar - sub-agents of Sanjay Bihari. All of them scouted
for poor young vagabonds who were ill and could easily be lured
with the promise of treatment, or others whose dire need for money
made them easy targets. The prospective victims tricked into donating
their kidney - some out of need as willing partners to the illegality
and with full knowledge of what they were up to, and many others
blissfully ignorant and unaware.
to the police investigators alerts concerned authorities at RR
to constitute immediately a Court of Inquiry into possible irregularities
committed by its staff by violating procedures or using fraudulent
means for procuring organs for transplant. Reluctant to produce
records and documents sought by the police or facilitate questioning
of its doctors, technicians and staff associated with transplant
cases for reasons of pending Court of Inquiry, they also move
petitions in the MM's court of jurisdiction seeking direction
to the police to hand over the investigation material, and the
complainants and witnesses relied upon - ostensibly to facilitate
their Court of Inquiry.
considering the provisions of the Organ Transplant Act, and the
exceptions in the rules providing protection and immunity from
civilian investigation into criminal misdemeanour on the part
of personnel covered under the Army Act, the Metropolitan Magistrate's
Court declines their prayer and the petitions are discharged as
throw up more facts. More players and victims are identified.
Police find the organ transplantation racket closely linked to
the cadre of professional blood donors mainly from the lower strata
from the footpaths, and hangers-on outside Blood Banks of most
reputed hospitals. Hawks operating as middlemen and touts zero
in on the blood grouping of these professional blood donors for
an eventual or possible match with the requisites of a demand
for a particular kidney transplantation at any of the major hospitals.
Shockingly, most big names providing related medical facility
are found not immune to the racket. In all fairness though, it
is considered prudent not to cast undue aspersions on the fair
name of any.
details considered detrimental to the interests of ongoing investigations
are withheld, as already the pre-mature appearance of unbaked
information in part of the media put a spoke in the investigation
and hampered its speedy progress.
per the Transplantation of Human Organ Act - 1994, the donor of
the kidney is also liable as the accused if donation is made for
monetary considerations; and any person or agent who does the
brokering for such deals for money.
words: 05.10.2004: Copy Right © Maxwell Pereira: 3725 Sec-23,
Gurgaon-122002. You can interact with the author at http://
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