Wednesday, February 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Hospital issued fake blood reports: SIT
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 11
In a new dimension to the infamous kidney scam, the special investigation team (SIT) has found many blood grouping reports from the laboratory of Kakkar Hospital here to be fake.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr S.K. Sharma, Inspector-General (Jalandhar Zone), who heads the SIT, said doctors had been found issuing “fictitious blood reports”, which could have far-reaching consequences to nail the main accused for manipulating the reports for ensuring donation of kidneys by unrelated donors.

Mr Sharma said the accused had tried to hoodwink the law enforcement agencies by manipulating the documents. The SIT had scrutinized blood groups of many relatives of the recipients and matched these with the reports prepared by the hospital and the laboratory to unearth the nexus.

Mr Sharma, however, said that the culprits involved in the racket, including aides of Dr Parveen Kumar Sareen, had been shifting their hideouts for many days. He said the raiding parties which had gone to New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and other places had returned empty handed.

Meanwhile, Mr Sharma said that Mr Pardeep Saini, a legal adviser of Kakkar Hospital, and Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu were likely to join the investigation tomorrow as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He said the High Court had stayed their arrest till February 25.

Earlier, Mr Sarbjit Singh, a public notary, involved in the preparation of “fake affidavits” of donors, had recorded his statement under Section 164, accusing advocate Pardeep Saini in the kidney racket. Mr Sarbjit Singh had reportedly admitted that he had prepared at least 100 fake affidavits and attested equal number of these without verifying the antecedents of the donors.

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