K.T. Sangameswaran

CHENNAI: Three senior police officers in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore have been nominated to authorisation committees formed under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act.

The step has been taken in the wake of the "kidney racket" unearthed a few months ago.

The Deputy Commissioners of Police (Headquarters) in the three cities will be part of the committee, a senior State police officer told The Hindu .

As per the legislation, if a donor authorises the removal of his organ before death for transplantation to a recipient, who is not a near relative, as specified by the donor by reason of affection or attachment towards the recipient or for any other special reason, the organ should not be removed and transplanted without the prior approval of the committee.

According to the procedure, on an application by the donor and recipient, the committee should hold an inquiry and only after satisfying itself that the applicants had complied with all the requirements of the Act and rules, should it grant approval for the removal and transplantation of human organs.

The object of the legislation was for the regulation, removal, storage and transplantation of human organs for therapeutic purposes and for prevention of commercial dealings in human organs.

No powers for police

Based on a complaint from Mallika of Tondiarpet that she was made to part with her kidney by submitting forged documents, the State Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB CID) had registered a case of cheating, forgery and using as genuine a forged document. Her allegation was that though she was promised Rs. 1.50 lakh for parting with her kidney, she was given only Rs. 30,000. However, the police had no power to investigate such incidents under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act. Police sources said investigation of the case had almost been completed and the charge sheet is to be filed soon.