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Odisha kidney sale: HC grants interim bail to Seven Hills director


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, July 24:

Terming the arrest of Dr N Prabhakar Babu, director of Seven Hills Hospital, Vishakhapatnam by the commissionerate police as ‘illegal’, the Odisha High Court today granted him interim bail.

High-CourtThe decision of the court came after hearing the petition filed by N Chandra Kumari, wife of Dr Babu.

The court released Dr Babu on the basis of surety bonds worth Rs 10 lakh provided by two bailers, who happened to be locals and Rs 2 lakh bank deposit in the court’s account.

The court made it clear that the police have no power to investigate such cases under section 18 and 19 of Transplantation of Human Organ Act, 1994.

It, however, said that the case can be investigated by a special empowered committee.

The court also directed the Odisha government to inform others states to seek no objection certificate (NOC) issued by it from any patient from the state who go out for human organ transplantation and donations.

It also asked the state government to come up with a specific plan for human organ transplantation.

Dr Babu was arrested by the commissionerate police in Vishakhapatnam last month for his alleged role in the illegal kidney transplant conducted at the Seven Hills hospital.

The so-called kidney donor Namita Nayak of Mangalabag in Cuttack had actually sold her organ against a promise of Rs 10 lakh.

Babu was charged with allowing the transplant to take place in the absence of the mandatory NOC from the Odisha government and also for not verifying certain crucial documents in connection with the transplant.