Amritsar, November 8 – The District and Sessions Court today handed down jail terms ranging between five and eight years to six convicts, including a former principal of the local Government Medical College, in a case involving the infamous Amritsar kidney racket.
Additional District and Session Judge GS Bakshi sentenced kidney recipient and former Haryana policeman Suresh Kumar to eight years in jail. Five doctors — Dr OP Mahajan (former principal), Dr Jagdish Gargi, Dr SPS Grover, Dr HS Bhutani and Dr Arjinder Singh — were awarded a five-year jail sentence.
The six were convicted by the court on November 2 in a transplant case of Bagicha Singh (17), a resident of Jagraon. The victim’s kidney was illegally transplanted to Suresh Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh. Bagicha had later died in a road accident under mysterious circumstances.
The racket was unearthed by the then Superintendent of Police (City-I), Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, in 2002.
The victim was picked up by a middleman, Baljit Singh, from the Golden Temple area in 2002. He was later taken to the inspector’s house where he was threatened to donate the organ.