New Delhi, Feb 9: Kidney scam kingpin Dr Amit Kumar was brought here today after he was handed over to the CBI by Nepalese authorities in Kathmandu, two days after his arrest in the Himalayan nation.
Dr Kumar was brought here aboard Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 at 1855 hrs. He was expected to be brought out from the Indira Gandhi International Airport's Exit No. II but was later taken away from Haj Terminal to escape media glare, according to airport officials. They added that Dr Kumar was on his way to the CBI office now. The kingpin's 'transfer' comes after India took up the matter of his deportation with Nepal yesterday while expressing hope that he would be handed over to Indian authorities at the earliest. After the matter was formally transferred to the CBI yesterday, the central agency approached the Government of Nepal through the Embassy in Kathmandu for handing over the fugitive, said the official.
Yesterday, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman had said that given the nature of the case and the close cooperation between legal and security authorities of India and Nepal, India expected that Dr Amit would be handed over to the Indian authorities at the earliest.
CBI chief Vijay Shankar had also said that good relations with Kathmandu would not impede the deportation of kidney scam kingpin at the earliest and that his agency was in close touch with Interpol Nepal to get him.
Santosh Raut alias Dr Amit Kumar was reportedly arrested by the Nepalese police from a Wild Life Camp Hotel (resort) at Souraha in Nepal at about 1700 hrs on February 8, along with one of his close aides Manish Singh and later brought to the District Police Office, Chitwan.
Sources said Amit's another accomplice managed to escape from the resort.
A bank draft of Indian Rs 936,000 and another of Euros 145,000, along with US Dollars 18,900 in cash was seized from his possession.
The mastermind behind an international racket in illegal kidney transplants, in operation for several years and whose network spread across at least five states, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana besides Nepal, was arrested after Interpol issued a red corner notice against him following the uncovering of the scam last month.
Sources said suspicion among the staff of the hotel, where they checked in on February 6, arose when the three tore kingpin Amit's photograph from the Indian newspapers lying at the reception.
After they informed the Chitwan police, which in turn informed officials in Kathmandu, a team raided the hotel yesterday and arrested him and his Nepalese aide.
Before arriving in Chitwan, Amit, said to have duped around 500 people into donating their kidneys. had stayed at Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu on January 28.
Five persons, including Amit's close aide Dr Upendra, have been arrested so far in connection with the nearly Rs 100 crore kidney scam, whose hub was in neighbouring Gurgaon, Haryana.
Investigations have revealed that at least three Turkish nationals had died during kidney transplants at Amit's hospital.