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Saturday, 8 August 2020

Punjab and Haryana High Court to cops: Probe organ transplant racket in Punjab

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7

Taking a note of "widespread" reports in the print and electronic media on the racket involving transplant of organs, including those of Covid-19 fatalities, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Amritsar Commissioner of Police to conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter.

The officer was asked to look into the alleged transplant of organs of Covid-19 patients to non-Covid patients. The inquiry into the bodies swapping case was also transferred to the officer from the SDM concerned. For the purpose of concluding the inquiry, Justice Harnaresh Singh Gill set a month's deadline.

Justice Gill asserted the court in normal circumstances would have waited for the SDM, Amritsar-II, to conclude the inquiry into the body swapping case before submitting his report. But the High Court was also conscious of the extensive coverage in the media regarding the racket.

Describing it as "a serious cause of concern", Justice Gill asserted the matter was required to be properly addressed and the gang, if any, involved in "such inhumane and barbaric act" was liable to be brought to book. "The system is required to be cleaned and brushed up, restoring the faith of the common man in the system," Justice Gill added.

The order came just over a fortnight after two brothers alleged that the body handed over to them after their father's purported Covid death was actually that of a woman. Following the allegations, an SDM was asked to hold an inquiry into the swapping of bodies. Justice Gill added the court was not commenting on the dedication, devotion and faithfulness towards the duty and integrity of the hospital staff. But the fact remained that some negligence apparently took place at some level and was required to be fixed.

He said the limitations of the health authorities, keeping in view the facilities available, could be understood and there could not be any compelling directions on performance of duties beyond the resources and facilities available.

Justice Gill added that the spread of Covid was at its peak. The death toll was rising day by day and the cause of its spread was scientifically unascertained. "Seemingly regarding its vaccine, there is no light at the end of the tunnel and the world is lost in a locked cage, the key of which are thrown away."

Justice Gill said the pandemic had taught that doctors, medics, paramedical staff and other health workers were the real heroes and that was why call Covid warriors.



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