After Top Doctors’ Arrests, More Trouble For Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital

After Top Doctors’ Arrests, More Trouble For Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital

Mumbai: The prestigious Hiranandani hospital in Mumbai has been ordered to stop organ transplants for now. Its licence for such operations has been suspended after five doctors, including the CEO and Medical Director of the hospital, were arrested yesterday in connection with kidney selling scandal.

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Hospital CEO Sujit Chatterjee, Medical Director Anurag Naik, Prakash Shetty, Mukesh Shah and Mukesh Shetye have been arrested over their alleged role in the illegal trade and sale of kidneys.

An official spokesperson for Hiranandani Group told IANS that an internal probe is on.

Around 10 others have been arrested in the case that surfaced last month. The police are investigating 30 organ transplants in the hospital in the past one year.

A team of medical experts found irregularities in at least four kidney transplant cases at the hospital.

Based on the probe report of the committee, the police arrested the five medicos of the 12 years old, 240-bed prestigious hospital, sending shockwaves in the state medical fraternity.

The lid was blown off the racket on July 14 when a social worker, some political activists and members of a trade union stopped a kidney transplant midway here in which the donor and recipient were found to be fake husband and wife.

Delving deeper, the police identified Brijendra Bisen, who created the false documents with the help of two other external agents.

Incidentally, Bisen had been earlier arrested in 2007 when one of the biggest kidney sale-transplant rackets was busted nine years ago.

In the current scam, the police had earlier arrested a total of 10 persons, including Bisen, the fake couple comprising recipient Brijkishore Jaiswal, a textile businessman from Surat, and donor Shobha Thakur who was promised Rs. 10 lakh for her kidney, hospital official Nilesh Brijkishore Jaiswal, and others.

The accused have been charged under Section 12 and 21 of the Transplantation of Human Organ Act, 1994, and the Indian Penal Code sections, said the police.

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