Police file chargesheet against kidney racket kingpin

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Mumbai, Feb 7 (UNI) Mumbai police today filed a chargesheet against Santosh Kumar Raut alias Amit Kumar, the absconding kingpin in the kidney racket, who was earlier arrested under (conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities) (COFEPOSA) Act, for his alleged involvement in a foreign exchange scam.

Joint commissioner (crime) Rakesh Maria, said that Raut was involved in a kidney transplant scam and foreign exchange violations in 2001 and was arrested from Kaushalya Nursing home here, after which he was granted bail by the court.

Raut was involved in the foreign exchange racket, even while he was attending court for his alleged involvement in the kidney transplant case, he said.

''Raut had been attending all the court proceedings, pertaining to the kidney racket till June 16, 2005 after which he stopped attending the court and was represented by his lawyer,'' said Maria.

He said the court has not passed any order regarding Raut due to his absence.

Raut was arrested by Nizamuddin police in New Delhi in 2005, after which the Mumbai police landed there. But he was granted bail by the court there.

''We will arrest him as soon as we know his whereabouts,'' said Maria.

The chargesheet has been submitted to the court and further investigations are on.

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