Kidney scam kingpin brought to Delhi, arrested, taken to CBI HQs

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New Delhi, Feb 9 (UNI) Kidney scam kingpin Santosh Raut alias Amit Kumar was brought to Delhi this evening, two days after his arrest in Nepal, on an Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu.

The accused was brought here on flight IC 814 at around 1900 hrs and was immediately whisked away from the prying eyes of the media, by a team of three CBI officials.

The step follows the taking over investigation of the kidney racket scam by the central agency from Gurgaon police yesterday.

Lauding Nepalese authorities' ''exceptional cooperation'' in the case, the CBI said the February 7 arrest of Amit Kumar took place on the basis of a red corner notice issued by Interpol.

He was expected to be brought out through the Indira Gandhi International Airport's Exit No. II but was taken away through Haj Terminal to escape media glare.

From the airport, Amit Kumar was taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning.

Earlier in the day, Amit Kumar was handed over to the CBI by Nepalese authorities in Kathmandu, two days after his arrest in the Himalayan nation.

The mastermind behind the multi-crore human organ scam was arrested on Thursday from a Sauraha hotel in Chitwan district, about 60 km from the Indian border town of Raxaul.

He was handed over to a CBI team in Kathmandu. The Nepal government said it would proceed with the cases against him in the Himalayan nation after his trial in India.

The kingpin was extradited after India took up the matter of his deportation with Nepal yesterday.

After the matter was formally transferred to the CBI yesterday, the agency approached the Government of Nepal through the Embassy in Kathmandu for taking him into custody.


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