: Pennagaram Judicial Magistrate N. Sriram on Tuesday allowed the police to take custody of nephrologist V.M. Ganesan for three days from Tuesday for interrogation in the illegal kidney trade case. The police were asked to produce the doctor on June 21 at the Pennagaram court after their custody is over. The police originally sought a week’s custody.

The nephrologist at Vinayaka Mission Hospital in Salem was brought from the Salem Central Prison. His defence counsel argued that the doctor was innocent and had treated 80 patients who had undergone kidney transplants at the Vinayaka Mission Hospital.

Dr. Ganesan was only a nephrologist and not a surgeon. He could give only pre-operation and post-operation treatment to those who had undergone kidney transplantation for the last four years. Kidney transplantations were done only by urologists and not nephrologists. The transplantations were done only after the State-level committee approved these.