Experts to check old transplant cases for lapses
Hiranandani case has opened Pandora’s Box, with cops now saying the malpractice maybe much more rampant
After the recent Hiranandani hospital kidney racket bust, the police have sent important files regarding at least nine kidney transplants to health experts for their review and opinion.
Sources said the experts have been asked to thoroughly scrutinise these files to identify irregularities, if any.
On July 14, the Powai police had arrested five doctors for their suspected role in the scam. Later, an Andheri court granted all of them bail. Sources, however, said this was just the tip of the iceberg and many more people might be involved in such malpractices. So now the police are looking at old kidney transplant cases to identify malpractices.
According to sources, some files have been sent to the health department officials for their opinion. It couldn’t be ascertained which hospitals these files belonged to. Meanwhile, an inquiry committee appointed by the Directorate of Health Services ( DHS) has submitted its final report on the kidney racket to the health department.
In India, kidney transplant is performed under the Transplant of Human Organs Act1994, which was amended in 2014. According to the law, if donor and recipient are close relatives, they need to take permission from a hospitallevel committee. If they are extended relatives, from outside the state or country, or if it is a case of swap transplant, such cases go to the State Authorisation Committee for permission.