Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 3:
A day after Odisha Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak sought a detailed report from his department on the second case of kidney sale in Cuttack, the departmental secretary PK Mohapatra today washed his hands of the case by saying the Health department or the state government had no role to play in the matter.
“They (the donor and seller) did not approach the Authorization Committee of DMET for kidney transplant. So, the DMET or the state government has no information in this regard. Let, the police to inquire into the matter,” Mohapatra told reporters here.
He said that he will furnish a report to the Health Minister soon in this regard.
He, however, informed that following the expose’ in the first kidney sale case, the DMET has taken some corrective measures and has decided to go for video recording of the entire process of the Authorisation Committee deliberations and stricter counselling to concerned persons to avoid any legal hassles in future.
After Padmini Nayak, wife of a rickshaw puller of Nayak Sahi under Mangalabag police limits in Cuttack, who sold her kidney lured by an elusive promise of Rs 3 lakh, another woman of the same locality has complained of being duped after selling her kidney for a transplant case. While police have arrested three persons, the latest revelations have exposed a racket operated apparently by Sarmishtha Nayak and her accomplices.
While Sarmishtha was arrested earlier in the Padmini kidney sale case, her husband Dillip Nayak was nabbed on Monday.
Meanwhile, a special team of the Commissionerate Police which had gone to Vishakhapatnam to collect information on the kidney transplant at the Seven Hills hospital, returned to Bhubaneswar this morning.
According to sources, the police have received vital clues from the hospital that will establish the sale of kidney.