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I am innocent, not a kidney dealer: Dr Kumar

By Shirish B Pradhan in Kathmandu
February 08, 2008 15:50 IST
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Dr Amit Kumar, the alleged kingpin of India's biggest kidney transplant racket, on Friday claimed that he has not committed any crime and he was not a kidney dealer.

"I have not committed any crime. Allegations against me have been cleared in court," Kumar said in his first comments to the media after being brought to Kathmandu, from Chitwan, near the Indo-Nepal border.

"I am just a doctor, not a kidney dealer. I will reveal all the truth by organising a press conference after my release," Kumar shouted when he was presented before the waiting journalists.

However, Nepalese police said that during questioning, Kumar had confessed to carrying out over 300 kidney transplants in India.

"I am not running away, I am defending myself," Kumar said while claiming that he has been falsely implicated.

He will be produced in a Nepalese court on Sunday and charged with violating foreign currency laws, police said.

"As today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) are holidays in Nepal, Kumar will be produced in court on Sunday," Deputy Inspector General Ramesh Kumar Shrestha said.

Kumar said he faced no threat from the underworld and refuted reports that demands for huge amounts had been made to him as protection money. The police had seized a bank draft for Rs 936,000, and Euros 145,000 and US$ 18,900 in cash from him during his arrest.

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Shirish B Pradhan in Kathmandu
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