Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 7:
Investigations by the Commissionerate police into the case of the alleged kidney sale by a woman, which had led to public outrage three days ago, has opened a can of worms with the police now saying that information furnished before the authorization committee about the income of victim’s husband was false.
“We came to know that false information about Bhabagrahi Nayak’s (woman’s husband) income was provided to the authorisation committee thus misleading it. The document provided to the committee showed that Nayak had an income of Rs 2.6 lakh from various sources including some business, while in reality he is a rickshaw puller” said Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma.
Dr Sharma said the police was trying to find out whether all the documents related to the case were valid and proper procedure was followed to avail the benefit.
While conceding that the possibility of the involvement of a organ racket cannot be ruled out, the police commissioner said the authorization committee would look into the money transaction and the commercial angle involved in the matter.
Earlier, the Commissionerate police had said that no irregularity was found in the case and that all documents and prima facie evidence showed that the donation was made legally. The Cuttack DCP had also given a clean chit to the private hospital in Bhubaneswar, where the kidney transplant operation was conducted.
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 under Mangalabag police limits had complained before the police that his sister-in-law and brother had been kidnapped after being lured by a kidney theft racket with the promise of huge money.
There were also reports that at least six persons from very poor families in Nayak Sahi, which is located close to teh SCB hospital, had allegedly sold their kidneys over the last three years.
The alleged kidney sale is being probed by a four member police team led by the ACP of Cuttack zone II, sources said.