Two doctors get seven years in kidney scam

Two doctors get seven years in kidney scam

A CBI court here on Friday sentenced two Gurgaon-based doctors to seven years' rigorous imprisonment each for their role in the Gurgaon kidney sale scam that made headlines in February 2008.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 60 lakh each on Amit Kumar and Upender Kumar.

Threeother accused in the scam, which was unearthed in Gurgaon city in January 2008 — laboratory technician Manoj Kumar, Mohammed Shahid and Gyasuddin — were awarded five years' rigorous imprisonment and penalised Rs 15,000 each.

The CBI said Shahid and Gyasuddin were touts in the illegal sale of kidneys. The racket was run from the privately-run Star Max Hospital in Sector 23 of Gurgaon from 1999 to 2008, the CBI said in its charge sheet.

The agency accused Amit Kumar and others of criminal conspiracy for illegal transplantation of kidneys by charging hefty amounts from the recipients of kidneys.

“For this purpose, they used to fraudulently allure poor people on the pretext of giving them employment and later on fraudulently removed their kidneys,” CBI told the court.
The charge sheet pointed out that the kidneys were removed “through surgical operation without their consent and authorisation from the competent authority for huge monetary consideration and planted these kidneys in the bodies of recipients”.

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