Court reserves order on alleged kidney racket

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Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Sep 17, 2019

A local court today reserved its order in the ‘protest application’ by senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur against the closure report filed by Lucknow police in his FIR regarding an alleged kidney racket on Facebook.

The order, reserved by Special CJM Custom Lucknow Sudesh Kumar, would be pronounced on September 30. The case was filed by Thakur at Gomtinagar police station here in May 2014.

Thakur’s counsel had argued that police had undertaken ‘extremely superficial’ investigation in this ‘sensitive case’ and drawn wrong conclusions, hence the matter needed further investigation.

In his FIR No 333/2014 under sections 270, 336, 403, 413, 414, 420, 467, 468, 511 IPC and 19 of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994, Thakur had mentioned about Pratik Jain of Noida sending him a Facebook message regarding Anurag Joshi, who had contacted Jain for sale of kidney at Rs 3.5-4 lakh.

Thakur claimed to have talked to Joshi over telephone, who promised to pay Rs 3 lakh for a kidney. Thakur was asked to come to Pune and thereafter to Iran for the purpose.

Lucknow crime branch closed the case contending since there was no actual sale and purchase of kidneys, no crime had taken place.

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