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Amritsar kidney racket: Five doctors get 5-yr jail term
Tribune News Service

Convicted doctors come out of the court after their sentencing in Amritsar.
Convicted doctors come out of the court after their sentencing in Amritsar.

Amritsar, November 8
The District and Sessions Court today handed down jail terms ranging between five and eight years to six convicts, including a former principal of the local Government Medical College, in a case involving the infamous Amritsar kidney racket.

Additional District and Session Judge GS Bakshi sentenced kidney recipient and former Haryana policeman Suresh Kumar to eight years in jail. Five doctors — Dr OP Mahajan (former principal), Dr Jagdish Gargi, Dr SPS Grover, Dr HS Bhutani and Dr Arjinder Singh — were awarded a five-year jail sentence.

The six were convicted by the court on November 2 in a transplant case of Bagicha Singh (17), a resident of Jagraon. The victim’s kidney was illegally transplanted to Suresh Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh. Bagicha had later died in a road accident under mysterious circumstances.

The racket was unearthed by the then Superintendent of Police (City-I), Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, in 2002.

The victim was picked up by a middleman, Baljit Singh, from the Golden Temple area in 2002. He was later taken to the inspector’s house where he was threatened to donate the organ.

Prosecutor ‘lured’

Public prosecutor RK Salwan claimed he had been receiving threats to his life ever since the scam came to light. He was offered money to weaken the case, he alleged. Salwan said he was not provided adequate security. “Though the government has provided a policeman for my personal security, there is no one to protect my family,” he said.





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