Nepal | July 09, 2020

Police submit report on kidney scam at Nidan Hospital

Share Now:

Kathmandu, November 5

Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau of Nepal Police submitted investigation report on ‘illegal’ kidney transplant by Nidan Hospital to the District Attorney Office, Lalitpur, today. The DAO is set to file the charge-sheet at Lalitpur District Court tomorrow.

Police had arrested five persons including Bipendra Pradhan, CEO of Pulchowk-based Nidan Hospital, in the second week of October.

The arrest was made after the person, whose kidney was removed for illegal transplant, filed an FIR against nine persons involved in the act, a few months after the transplant.

Out of the nine accused, police have been able to arrest five persons while the remaining four are still at large. Four persons who are absconding are related to the kidney receiver Shankar Lal Lama.

Those arrested were hospital’s Legal Officer Kumud Kumar Bhattarai, General Physician Rajesh Panta, Section Officer of Lalitpur District Office Ram Chandra Ale and the kidney recipient Lama. Except the kidney recipient Lama, all others arrested were members of the Kidney Transplantat Approval Committee formed by the hospital. Human organ transplantation law requires an independent approval committee that verifies if the donor is legally appropriate and medically fit to donate one’s kidney to the recipient or not. Kidney receiver Lama, 56, of Doramba, Ramechhap, was supposed to legally receive a kidney from his nephew, Sanjeev Ghising, on August 8. But on the day of the transplantation the family of the patient ‘with the support of the hospital’ produced a different person with forged documents replacing Ghising to donate kidney. The man had his photo pasted on the kidney transplantation document issued for Sanjeev Ghising.

Police said the man was lured by the patient’s family to donate his kidney for Rs 300,000.

Police have been saying that the hospital knowingly transplanted the kidney of wrong person to the patient ignoring objection by one of the nurses to the illegal transplant.

Police during their investigation said they had recorded statement of over 20 staffers of the hospital, including doctors, nurses, administration officers and helpers who were associated with the kidney transplantation procedure.

Police have, however, not made any arrest or filed any charges against additional hospital staffers in connection with the transplant.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar Silwal said they did not find sufficient evidence against the hospital staff to arrest them right away.

“We can arrest anyone if require them for further investigation,” DSP Silwal said.

Statement of all the 20 doctors and staffers of the hospital recorded by the police will be submitted to the court.

The kidney transplant was conducted by Dr Pukar Shrestha.

Senior Superintendent of Police Govinda Thapaliya said all the accused will be charged under Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act- 2007. According to Section 15 (c) of the act, any person involved in illegal extraction of human organ shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years and a fine ranging from Rs 250,000 to Rs 500,000.

Mona Singh, Lalitpur District Attorney, said the office was preparing charge-sheet against all the accused and would present them before LDC tomorrow.


A version of this article appears in print on November 06, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Chelsea close in on Champions League spot with 3-2 win at Palace

LONDON: Chelsea kept up their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and Champions League football next season with a 3-2 victory at London rivals Crystal Palace on Tuesday thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham. The visitors took a two-goal lead i Read More...

Singh Durbar

New nuke law stipulates plan for disaster management

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 The Radioactive Materials Use and Regulation Act, 2020, recently authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, requires the Government of Nepal to develop and implement a disaster preparedness and management plan at the national level to prevent and manage any disastrous impa Read More...

Furdiki Sherpa and Nima Doma Sherpa

Hit hard by pandemic, Sherpa widows face uphill battle

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 After conquering Mount Everest and shattering taboos, two Nepali Sherpa widows face a new challenge, the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down all climbing and trekking activities rendering them jobless. Nima Doma Sherpa and Furdiki Sherpa made global headlines when t Read More...

Jewellery store burglary racket busted

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 Police have busted a racket of thieves, who were allegedly involved in burgling jewellery stores in Kathmandu valley, under the guise of scrap collectors. Those taken into custody for legal action have been identified as Ganga Bahadur Tamang aka Sumit, 37, and Junga Bahadur M Read More...

Isolation wards empty as COVID-19 cases stay put in quarantine

DHANGADI, JULY 7 Isolation wards that were set up to keep COVID-19 infected patients are mostly empty as most of the infected continue to stay in quarantine shelters in Sudurpaschim Province. As per data with Sudurpaschim Province Social Development Ministry, as of now, the total number of COV Read More...

Irrigation project elates farmers

NEPALGUNJ, JULY 7 Farmers in Banke were elated after Sikta Irrigation Project released water in the project’s western and eastern canals keeping in view the paddy plantation time this year. Man Bahadur Magar of Kamdi, Duduwa Rural Municipality, said he could plant paddy on time this year aft Read More...

Financial institutions, banks urged not to pile pressure for loan payment

POKHARA, JULY 7 Western Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara, has urged banks and financial institutions not to pile pressure for loan payment. Banks and financial institutions are pressing hotels and the tourism sector to pay back the loan and interest, on the ground that the fiscal year was d Read More...

Parliamentary committee probing irregularities

DHANGADI, JULY 7 The federal Parliament’s Agriculture, Cooperatives and Natural Resources Committee has started investigating alleged irregularities carried out in the name of scientific forest management. A team of the panel comprising Shanta Chaudhary, Satya Narayan Sharma Khanal and Raj B Read More...