Two clerical staff members of Apollo Hospital are among the six people who have been arrested for their alleged involvement in an illegal kidney racket busted in the national capital.
As per news reports, three of the accused are middlemen and the racket has reportedly sold at least four kidneys in Delhi so far. The others arrested include potential donors and two women.
A case has been registered at Sarita Vihar Police Station and the accused are being interrogated.
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals has issued a statement claiming that they are cooperating in every way possible. "The police approached us yesterday afternoon for their investigation in the matter pertaining to an alleged kidney sale racket. We are co-operating and providing to them all information required to help them in their investigation. This matter is of grave concern and our teams are extending all support to the Police. The hospital, in order to ensure compliance with the law and diligence in process has an independent body with external members also for according consent for any transplant surgery. This Committee goes through all documents necessary to ensure that requirements under the Act are complied with," the statement read.
The hospital claimed that it has been cheated and called itself a victim of a 'well-orchestrated operation'.
"The hospital has ensured that all due process as per the law has been followed. The police in their investigation has identified secretarial staff of some doctors, who are not employees of the hospital, who have been alleged to be involved in the racket. While all due precautions were taken, it appears fake and forged documents were used for this racket with a criminal intent. The hospital has been a victim of a well-orchestrated operation to cheat patients and the hospital. We urge the police to take the strictest of action against all those involved," the statement further said.