Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 14:
The Odisha High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the case pertaining to the alleged sale of kidney by a woman from Mangalabag area that has been hogging headlines for the last few days and has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the matter based on media reports.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice AK Rath of the High Court while conducting its preliminary hearing in the PIL filed by the High Court Registrar (Judicial) in the matter on Tuesday directed the state government to file a reply with complete details of what steps it has taken in the matter.
With the intervention of the High Court in the matter shady deals behind teh so-called organ donations in the state will come out in the open, said sources.
The racket in organ trade was brought to light following a complaint that a woman from a very poor family Padmini Nayak of Nayak Sahi in Cuttack sold her kidney after she was lured with an offer of Rs 3 lakh by a middleman.
It may be recalled here that police had begun investigating the case after Sarat Nayak , the brother- in-law of Padmini Nayak , the victim, a resident of Nayak Sahi in the Mangalabag area in Cuttack had complained before the police that his sister-in-law and brother had been kidnapped by a gang involved in the kidney sale racket.