Court adjourns hearing on doctor’s release plea

Orissa High CourtNot satisfied with the affidavit filed by the investigating police officer in the alleged kidney sale case, the Orissa High Court on Friday asked the IO to file a fresh affidavit in the court by Monday detailing the investigations made so far in the case.

The Cuttack city police have arrested at least seven persons, including the Director of a Vishakhapatnam-based private Hospital Dr N. Prabhakar Babu in an alleged kidney sale case involving a city woman. Babu has already been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days after he was produced before a lower court here on Thursday.

Adjourning the hearing on the habeas corpus writ filed by the arrested Vizag doctor’s wife, a Division Bench of Justices Indrajit Mohanti and Sangam Kumar Sahoo fixed the matter to be heard again on Tuesday after the copy of IO’s affidavit is served on the petitioner counsel.

As directed by the High Court, the local Mangalabag police station inspector S.K. Sinha appearing personally in the court on the day failed to answer satisfactorily to the queries of the Bench. Sinha, who had led a team of three policemen to the neighbouring State a fortnight ago to arrest Babu, returned here only on Wednesday evening.

In the meanwhile, Babu’s wife N Rathnakumari had approached the High Court seeking its intervention to release her ailing husband from illegal detention of Cuttack police. Babu was taken into police custody on June 17 from his Seven Hills Hospital complex. Soon after his arrest, he fell ill. Only after Andhra Pradesh High Court’s intervention, the Cuttack police managed to bring the arrested doctor here on transit remand and reached here on Wednesday evening.

(Source: PTI)

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