Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 23:
The SDJM court here today remanded Rashmi Ranjan Khatua, a key accused in the much-talked-about Odisha kidney sale racket case in the millennium city, to 14 days’ judicial custody.
Khatua, who had gone underground since the issue came to the fore, surrendered before the SJDM court this afternoon. The court 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 have sought the permission of the court to take Khatua on a 7-day remand for interrogation.
Meanwhile, the commissionerate police today informed the media that they 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.
“An officer of ACP rank has interrogated Dr Bag. If necessary, the DMET, along with other members of the committee, would be interrogated for a second time,” police commissioner Dr RP Sharma said.
He also informed that the police will bring Dr N Prabhakar Babu, Director (Medical) of Seven Hills Hospitals in Vishakhapatnam to Cuttack after conducting necessary medical examination on him.
A special team of Mangalabag police had arrested Dr Babu on June 16. The team, however, could not bring him to Cuttack as he got himself admitted to a private hospital claiming he was ill.
Meanwhile, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in a directive to the police commissioner and secretary, Health and Family Welfare, has asked them to submit a fact-finding report on kidney sale case within four weeks.