donor & donee booked in kidney racket

Taking a non-sympathetic view of organ trade, the state’s public health department has asked the police to book a city-based donor-recipient duo for their involvement in an international kidney racket that spanned from Ahmedabad to Cairo.

The recipient, a 54-year-old Malad-based affluent businessman, and the donor, a 29-year-old driver from Taloja, now face charges for breach of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 (THOA).

The name of Pankaj Rao, a car dealer in Malad, cropped up during investigation in the racket covering nine Indian states and Nile Badrawi Hospital in Cairo, for allegedly buying a kidney from driver Yaseer Ahmed Basha from Taloja in Navi Mumbai. After studying the case details, the directorate of health services (DHS) has asked Sahar police to file an FIR and book Rao and Basha under sections 18 and 19 of the Act. Agents running the racket, too, have been booked under the same sections in addition to the Indian Penal Code.

If proved guilty, the accused can face a jail term of up to 10 years and a penalty of up to Rs 25 lakh. The investigation has so far led to six donors and six recipients, including the daughter of the mayor of Phagwara.

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