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Indian Kidney Black Market Masterminds Sentenced; Canadians Were Among the Clients

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By Tendar Tsering | March 27, 2013 7:42 PM EST

The court of India's Central Bureau of Investigation widely known as CBI Friday sentenced two Indian doctors to seven years each on charges of masterminding kidney black market. Canadians were among the clients of the black organ deal.

The court also slapped fines of over $ 1 million each on the two master minds; Dr. Amit Kumar and Dr. Upender Kumar, who were secretly operating the organ business from a residential apartment in Gurgaon, 30 Kilometers from the Indian capital city.

According to the Indian News Agency Press Trust of India, over 600 people were involved in the black kidney operation under the leadership of the two master minds.

The CBI in its charge sheet said that the two had been operating the black kidney market from 1999 to 2008.

When the investigation was made public in 2008, a police official told The South Asian Post that they believe one of the key suspects involved in the organ transfer was an Indian-Canadian and that the organs could have been sold to Canada.

"He is a frequent flier between India and Canada and may have been arranging for the patients to come here," said the police official. "We are going through the records at a guest house where the patients from overseas were staying . . . there are several Canadian addresses in the register."

Along with the two master minds, three others: laboratory technician Manoj Kumar, Mohammed Shahid and Gyasuddin were also sentenced to five years each.

The group had removed kidneys from bodies of more than 600 poor people and sold to their clients from Canada, Lebanon, Dubai, the U.S., Britian, Saudi Arabia and Greece.

"In the past eight, nine years, they have removed the kidneys of more than 600 underprivileged people of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh on the pretext of giving them jobs, money, and even threatening them at gunpoint," The South Asian Post quoted the police official as saying.

"They used to pay the victims a paltry amount of Rs.50,000 to Rs.100,000 ($1,200 and $2,400), but were charging between Rs.1 million to Rs.2 million ($25,000 to $50,000) from their national and international clients," said the officer.

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