Two foreigners who had come to India scouting for kidneys and who figure in the recently unearthed Gurgaon racket have been allowed to leave the country.
The mastermind Dr.Amit Kumar is still missing. He is believed to have taken refuge in Canada.
In the circumstances, many have begun to wonder whether the investigation is being sabotaged by some insiders in the police department.
A few days ago India woke up to a massive scam in kidney transplant as police cracked down on doctors who reportedly performed more than 500 illegal kidney transplants in the last eight years in the National Capital Region. The victims were mainly labourers who were lured with promise of jobs abroad.
The two allowed to leave Sunday, Greek national Heleni Kirochi and US national Joy Mathewan, could have helped the police trace the modus operandi of the kidney mafia.
The police had stumbled upon them while conducting raids last week following a tip-off.
"Both these hopefuls for kidney transplant had come to India for medical reasons on tourist visas, which itself is an indication that they were aware that they were doing something illegal," a senior police official noted.
No one would explain why they weren't interrogated before being allowed to leave. However, a top official argued that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Interpol the resources required to bring them back if the court required their presence.
Besides it is also suspected that someone might have alert the kingpin Dr. Amit Kumar of the January 24 night police raids on the Gurgaon clinics, giving him and his close associates enough time to flee the country.
A police source said Dr Kumar had escaped arrest and reportedly fled to Canada on an earlier occasion when his premises were raided.
Dr Upendra Kumar, one of the ringleaders to be arrested during the Thursday night raids, has reportedly revealed that Dr Kumar was in Gurgaon that day. He told police that Dr Kumar could flee India using fake passports. Police said he perhaps was armed with four of five fake passports, including Indian, Canadian and Nepalese.