Visakhapatnam

Kidney racket: preliminary report to be sent by tomorrow

Hunt on for Sraddha Hospital employees, including its MD

Investigation continues in the kidney transplantation racket which was busted by the MR Peta police. The police reportedly interrogated HR (administration) J. Kumar Varma after taking him into custody.

The committee and the police team probing into the Sraddha Hospital case have detected that the hospital has performed 66 kidney transplantations and of them 16 were performed under the Arogya Sree scheme. The remaining were performed for cash. The hospital has reportedly charged ₹55,000 per case.

However, sources in the police said that they hads detected violations in at least four more cases, apart from the present case of Pardhasaradhy, adding that they were yet to establish the cases.

Meanwhile, KGH Superintendent of G. Arjuna said that the preliminary report would be prepared by Thursday evening and will be sent to the Collector by Friday.

Kingpins nabbed

The police suspect that Kumar Varma and ayurvedic doctor from Benguluru, Manjunath, could be the kingpins in the case. After the arrest of Kumar Varma, police are on hunt for several other hospital employees, including its Managing Director.

The MR Peta police arrested two doctors —M. Manjunath and D. Prabhakar —on May 9 on the charges of illegal transplantation of kidney. The incident came to light after the complainant Pardhasaradhy, who is also the organ donor, approached the police, claiming that he was cheated in terms of payment.

The Collector has formed a three-member panel comprising District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) Tirupathi Rao, KGH Superintendent G. Arjuna and District Co-Ordinator of Hospital Services (DCHS) Nayak to probe into the case.

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