Kidney transplantation scam: Dr Upendra sent to judicial custody till Mar. 7

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Ambala, Feb 25 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday sent Dr. Upendra Aggarwal, one of the key accused arrested in the kidney transplant racket, to judicial custody till March 7.

"Dr Upendra has been sent back to Tihar jail, further he will be produced on March 7," said C.P. Pandey, a CBI counsel.

Upendra was remanded to judicial custody along with two other accused in the case - Jagdish and Giasuddin - who could not be produced in the court as they were scheduled to appear at Delhi High Court.

Prime accused in the multi-crore kidney scam, Dr Amit Kumar, 40, was flown from Kathmandu on February 9 by a three-member CBI team. He 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.

On February 18, a court here had remanded Dr. Jeevan Kumar, the brother and key aide of Amit, to CBI custody till February 29.

The CBI has claimed that Jeevan has been involved in management of alleged illegal kidney transplant surgeries.

Jeevan had been absconding since January 24 when the racket was busted in Gurgaon. The Interpol had issued a Red Corner notice against him and Amit on February 1.

With Jeevan's arrest, the authorities claimed to have detained all the four key accused in the multi-crore racket.

Amit and others have been charged under several sections, including violation of the Human Organ Transplant Act. They have been accused of having forced or duped around 500 people, mostly from the underprivileged sections of society, into donating their kidneys.

At least five foreigners -- two U.S. and three Greek citizens -- were found last month in a luxury guesthouse in Gurgaon, which was part of the racket, police said.

ANI

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