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Seven Hills Hospital director held on charges of kidney sale racket

June 18, 2014 - Hyderabad

    A special police team from Mangalabag Police station, Cuttack, Odisha on Monday took Dr.N Prabhakara Babu into custody for his alleged involvement in a kidney sale racket. However, police could not take the accused into custody as he had fallen sick.

    The incident came to light when one Namita Nayak of Cuttack who had donated her kidney to Mohan Chandra Lenka of Bhubaneswar lodged a complaint with the Mangalabag police stating the she was lured into the surgery and the financial commitment was not fulfilled. One Shasrmistha Nayak along with her husband Dilip Nayak lured the victim Namita into the kidney sale for a sum of Rs.5 like and was paid only Rs.2 lakhs after the surgery at the Seven Hills Hospitals in Visakhapatnam. She said that the entire deal was allegedly worked out by one Biswaranjan Khatua, a middleman for Rs.25 lakh. Police have taken Shasrmistha, Dilip and four others Niranjan Chowdhary alias Nirakar, Jagabandhu Lenka and Niranjan Pradhan into custody, the middleman Biswaranjan Khatua is still at large.

    'It is not our fault if the documents are fake', hospital authorities

    At a press conference on Tuesday evening senior doctors from the hospital and representatives of AP Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association and IMA said that 'it is not our fault if the certificates are fake'. Medical director of the Hospital M Dinakar and president of local branch of IMA Ram Prasad were present at the conference and transplant surgeon Amit Saple said 'we were not able to understand where our fault was and the hospital was not involved in the scam', he said. Seven Hospital authorities say that the middlemen produced Namita as Bonita Lenka wife of Mohan Chandra Lenka with the help of forged documents. The voter ID card and residence proof were forged. Believing the documents, the hospital authorities had gone ahead with the surgery in March this year.

    Committee consent mandatory:

    Under the Transplantation Act, the potential donor and acceptor have to submit documents of their identify, nativity and residence proof to the Authorization Committee of the area for verification and approval. Superintendent of the general hospital of the area heads of the Authorization Committee which consists of professors of urology, nephrology, medicine and related subjects and also some from outside the field of medicine. The committee would scrutinize the application for transplantation by following the protocol and would give consent if satisfied.

    In the instant case, the Seven Hills Hospital authorities said at the press conference on Tuesday that the committee consent is not required in the case of spouse making donation.

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