The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday granted interim protection from arrest to Indus International Hospital director Dr Surinder Pal Singh Bedi in a kidney transplant racket reported in Mohali’s Dera Bassi.
The high court bench of justice Karamjit Singh, while posting the matter for May 29, ordered that he not be arrested till the next date of hearing, one of Bedi’s lawyers, Gautam Dutt, confirmed. The petitioner’s counsel argued that Bedi had been named in the probe based on some confessional statements from those arrested and that the petitioner as well as the competent committee, which gives nod for transplants, were “victims of fraud” played against them. The detailed order is awaited.
Earlier, Bedi’s plea was dismissed by a lower court on May 6. He was heading the committee which clears transplant cases. The scam had come to light after a donor levelled allegations of not paying him the promised ₹10 lakh in lieu of his kidney against a private person.
He had posed as the son of the kidney recipient, a Sonepat resident. A case under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 465 (forgery), 467(forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record]) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, and Sections 19 and 20 of the Transplantation of Human Organ Act (THOA), was registered on March 18. Bedi was also roped in as accused by the Mohali police.