The four accused in infamous Jalandhar kidney racket have got the respite from Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.
Hearing the bail pleas of the accused, Justice Jaswant Singh of the high court granted interim bail to the prime accused in the case, Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal while the interim bail granted earlier to his wife Deepa Aggarwal has been confirmed. Two other accused Sunil Kaul and his wife Chandra Kaul have also been granted bail by the high court.
In July last year, Jalandhar police had registered a case under the provisions of Transplantation of Human Organs (TOHO) Act, 1994 and had charged 34 accused including Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, the owner of National Kidney Hospital, for the offences. A SIT had also been formed to investigate the case. A Jalandhar Session court had dismissed their bail plea in September after which the accused had approached the high court.
The Aggarwal couple had also filed separate petition seeking quashing of FIR. The petitioners had challenged the Punjab police’s competence to investigate the case under the Transplantation of Human Organs (TOHO) Act, 1994. The court was told that the petitioners have no role in illegal kidney transplant racket apart from running the hospital and performing kidney transplant surgeries. This petition is still pending before the high court.