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Odisha kidney racket: Minister seeks report, but will bigwigs be caught?

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 2:

With yet another case of kidney sale surfacing, the Odisha Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak on Monday asked the departmental secretary to submit a detailed report in the matter.

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Health Minister
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Health Minister

“I have asked my department’s secretary to submit a detailed report on the deal between the donor and the receiver along with the recommendation of the authorization committee of the Department of Medical Education and Training (DMET) that had given permission for the kidney transplant. The department will take necessary steps after going through the report and initiate exemplary action against any official, if his involvement in the case is proved,” Nayak told reporters last evening.

Earlier in the day, chairperson of the Authorization Committee and director, DMET, Dr Sonamali Bag met with the Health minister at the State Secretariat here and apprised him of the entire incident.

The minister, after the meeting, asked the Health secretary to submit a detailed status report.

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.

The police are likely to get the jailed key player in this racket Sarmistha Nayak of the Nayak Sahi in Cuttack on remand for further interrogation in the kidney sale racket.

Although Sarmistha is being portrayed as the ‘mastermind’, it sounds most unconvincing. There are reasons to suspect that the roots of this racket go far deeper and that there are a number influential ‘promoters and collaborators’ behind this trade in human organs.

But will the police be able, or be allowed, to catch them by their necks ? That seems unlikely, going by the kind of surface-scratching investigation that it has limited itself to, so far.