Mumbai’s Kidney racket: 550 more cases under scanner

The ACB widened its investigation in the Organ transplant case, and have arrested two accused. On Thursday, both the accused Tushar Savarkar and Sachin Salve were produced in the court. The public prosecutor, Sunil Gonsalves, argued that Tushar Savarkar handled 550 organ transplantation files, and might have accepted money to process the files.


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As the Mumbai’s Kidney racket gets murkier every day, the Maharashtra state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is putting one step at a time. The ACB has widened its wings to probe the cash for an Organ transplant case, in which Mumbai’s state-run JJ Hospital’s staffer has been put behind bars.

On Thursday, both accused, Tushar Savarkar, Superintendent of the Social Work department, Sir JJ Group of Hospital, and Sachin Salve, Organ transplant coordinator with a private hospital were produced in the court.

While seeking the police custody for the accused, public prosecutor, Sunil Gonsalves, argued in the court, “Tushar Savarkar handled 550 files related to the organ transplantation. The ACB has got the information that he might have  accepted money to clear these files.”

The ACB’s remand report, states:

  • The accused are not cooperating with the investigating agency.
  • Both the accused are known to each other for the past two years. 
  • Sachin Salve worked with other hospitals as well, as an Organ transplant coordinator. 
  • The agency needs to find that in how many cases the accused have accepted the money. 
  • The Anti Corruption Court has sentenced two days of police custody to both the accused.

Tushar and Sachin were arrested on Monday, October 1, while accepting the bribe from a patient to process his kidney transplant file.

The state government has also taken a serious note of the issue, The zonal committee has been disbanded, and a three-member committee has been appointed to probe into the matter.