Saturday, August 20, 2016

Man behind 60 illegal kidney transplants held



Mumbai: On the run for 12 years, one of Mumbai's notorious kidney racketeers, Shiva, was finally nabbed on Friday .He is accused of having facilitated over 60 illegal transplants from 1996 to 2003 involving some well-known private hospitals in the city.
Officers from Azad Maidan police station said they detained Shiva from Marine Lines. He had jumped bail within months of his arrest in 2004. “Shiva told us that he was here in search of a job after he ran out of money . He had been hiding in his hometown in Kolhapur ever since he jumped bail. We are verifying all the details. We have also called crime branch officials who had arrested him then,“ an officer said.

Shiva, who is 45 now, was accused of scouring for recipients and forging papers to establish a relationship between donors and recipients for approvals.
His interrogation is on.

We nabbed him on spe cific information. Once his identity is established as the same absconding accused, he will be handed over to the crime branch,“ an officer said.

Former police officer Dinesh Agrawal (58) still has clear memories of arresting Shiva for the first time from a dingy Malad hotel on December 18, 2003. Agrawal, then a police inspector with VP Road police station, recalled how they were on the lookout for more than a year before Shiva was netted with help from his angry mistress. Although the conman, who operated from 1996 till his arrest, was accused of masterminding more than 60 illegal transplants, police could establish only 20 cases.

Agrawal said they knew little about Shiva's whereabouts at that time, except that he would appear from nowhere and vanish into thin air. Drug addicts and homeless people were always his targets. “He would convince them they would be compensated by the government and it was a noble deed,“ the retired officer said.Shiva had told the police then that doctors would put him in touch with potential recipients. Once the blood group of donors matched, Shiva would also take care of their nutrition and overall health. The racket remained confined to the western suburbs, between Malad and Borivli.

“During interrogation, we learned that Shiva was a car cleaner at a leading south Mumbai hospital and gradually got into the business of selling blood. Over the years, with generous help from doctors, he picked up tricks of the kidney trade,“ said Agrawal.As the case grew bigger involving more players, it was transferred to the crime branch. Shiva was handed over to the crime branch on December 29. After obtaining bail, Shiva absconded. He has already been acquitted in one of the cases, while another is pending in court.

Sr health officer transferred
Assistant director of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Dr BK Kadam, currently under scanner in the Hiranandani kidney scam, has been transferred to Nanded. Head of DHS Dr Mohan Jadhav tried to underplay the transfer, saying it was not linked to the ongoing issue.


The Times of India, August 20, 2016

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