New Delhi, Feb 10 : The alleged mastermind in a kidney transplant racket, Dr. Amit Kumar, was remanded to CBI custody till February 22 by a court here today.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had produced Dr. Amit before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain at his residence here today.
On Friday, the CBI had filed a case against Dr. Amit. He has been charged under several sections, including violation of the Human Organ Transplant Act.
The 40-year-old tainted doctor was flown from Kathmandu on Saturday evening by a three-member CBI team.
Dr. Amit was arrested in Chitwan in Nepal on February 7 and is wanted by Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police in connection with an inter-state and international kidney transplant scam.
Earlier, it was stated that he would appear before a court in Kathmandu on February 10 but a deportation request made by Indian law enforcement officials has altered the sequence of events following the Nepal Government's acceptance of it.
Nepal Police had said earlier that it would lodge three cases against Dr Amit.
He was presented before the public at Metropolitan High Commissioner Office on Friday and had also addressed a press conference.
Dr. Amit has been accused of having forced or duped around 500 people, mostly from the underprivileged sections of society, into donating their kidneys.
Nepal Police arrested Dr. Amit along with one of his close aide, Manish Singh, from the Hotel Wildlife Camp at Sauraha near Kathmandu on Thursday evening. A bank draft for Indian rupees 936,000, and Euros 145,000 and USD 18,900 in cash were also seized from the arrested.
Three mobiles with SIM cards of Canada, Nepal and India have also been recovered from him. Dr Amit said that he had not been using his mobile phones since the last three days and was using STD booths instead to contact his family. His family is in Canada, where he has also shifted a huge portion of his colossal wealth.