The fall, rise & fall of kid­ney racket king­pin

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION HINDUSTANTIMES - Neha Pant

ORIG­I­NALLY FROM MA­HA­RASH­TRA, KU­MAR HAD SHOT TO NA­TIONAL LIME­LIGHT WITH THE GUR­GAON KID­NEY RACKET CASE IN 2008

DEHRADUN: He did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to evade ar­rest — used aliases, con­tin­u­ally changed places of work across states and burnt all in­crim­i­nat­ing doc­u­ments — but law fi­nally got the bet­ter of Dr Amit Ku­mar, who al­legedly mas­ter­minded the kid­ney racket that was be­ing run in Dehradun — and years ear­lier, in Gu­ru­gram.

Amit and his brother Jee­van Ku­mar, also a doc­tor, were ar­rested by Dehradun po­lice from Panchkula in Haryana late on Fri­day. He was pre­par­ing to es­cape to Nepal. The po­lice con­fis­cated six mo­bile phones and ₹33 lakh from his car. His son, also a doc­tor, is still ab­scond­ing.

Ku­mar was ar­rested many times, jumped bail and went ab­scond­ing in sev­eral cases over the past two decades, but al­ways be­gan his ‘busi­ness’ of il­le­gal kid­ney ex­trac­tions afresh each time, thanks to his strong net­work of touts and mid­dle­men who lined up kid­ney donors and re­cip­i­ents from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and even abroad.

Po­lice said he had been booked in many cases in Mum­bai, Gun­tur and Anand apart from those reg­is­tered by the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) and the en­force­ment di­rec­torate.

Orig­i­nally from Ma­ha­rash­tra and known by aliases in­clud­ing Dr Amit Ku­mar, Dr San­tosh Raut and Dr Amit Raut, the kid­ney racket king­pin had shot to na­tional lime­light with the Gur­gaon kid­ney racket case in 2008.

He fled to Nepal, but was later ex­tra­dited by CBI.

In 2013, a CBI spe­cial court had con­victed Amit to seven years of rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment be­sides slap­ping a fine of ₹60 lakh on him. He got bail a year later, but con­tin­ued kid­ney ex­trac­tions in Gu­ru­gram, even while he was on bail, through his agent Javed Khan from Mum­bai (who was ar­rested by the Dehradun po­lice on Sep 11).

He was re­ar­rested in con­nec­tion with an­other kid­ney racket case in Gu­jarat in March last year, wherein he es­caped po­lice cus­tody while be­ing es­corted to Anand from New Delhi in Au­gust 2016.

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