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Key accused in Odisha kidney racket grilled by police


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Cuttack, June 25:

Mangalabag police today grilled Rashmi Ranjan Khatua, the key accused in the much-talked-about Odisha kidney sale racket case in the millennium city, said sources in the police.

Kidney The SDJM court on Tuesday had allowed police to take Rashmi Ranjan Khatua on remand for a day though it had sought a seven-day remand. The police are likely to seek further remand of Khatua on Thursday from the court, said sources.

Khatua, who had gone underground since the issue came to the fore, surrendered before the SJDM court on June 23. The court had later remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days after rejecting his bail plea.

The accused runs a nursing home at Badambadi area of the city.

The commissionerate police had sought the permission of the court to take Khatua on a 7-day remand for interrogation.

Meanwhile, the commissionerate police have interrogated the chairman of the State Authorisation Committee on Kidney Transplant and Director, Medical Education and Training (DMET), Dr Sonamali Bag about the incident.

It may be noted here that the police has arrested N Prabhakar Babu, Director (Medical) of Seven Hills Hospitals in Vishakhapatnam, prime accused Sharmista Nayak, her husband Dillip Nayak, associate Niranjan Choudhury alias Nirakar, Jagabandhu Lenka brother of Mohan Lenka, the recipient of Namita’s kidney and his friend Niranjan Pradhan in the alleged kidney sale case till date.

The police have brought Sharmishta Nayak  twice on remand for interrogation.