London doc cheats man who was to sell kidney

By PTI Published on Feb 17, 2017 06:32 AM IST

Madurai: The Madras High Court ordered issuance of notice to the City Police Commissioner and Inspector of Cyber Crimes for not taking action against a London-based doctor who cheated a man of Rs 2.01 lakh after agreeing to purchase one of his kidneys.

The petitioner, A N Raman, submitted that due to financial constraints he decided to sell one of his kidneys and came into contact with Johnson John, a doctor who has a hospital in London, online. John accepted Raman's offer to sell his kidney for Rs 24 lakh.

Subsequently, John asked him to deposit Rs 2,01,400 into his various accounts for the expenses including harvesting of kidney in India and couriering it to London, and also for sending Rs 24 lakh to Raman's  account.

The petitioner and his wife deposited Rs 2.01 lakh into various accounts whose numbers were given by the doctor.  After that, John suddenly changed his e-mail address and phone number following which Raman was not able to contact the doctor.

Having realised that he had been cheated, Raman lodged a complaint to the city Police Commissioner on 23 September 2015, and submitted necessary documents regarding the doctor and the deposits made by him.

Though he was called for investigation by the Cyber Crime police several times, no case was registered, Raman submitted and sought the court's direction to the police to register an FIR against the doctor under IPC sections 120(b) (punishment for criminal conspiracy) 419 (cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating and dishonest delivery of property) and section 2000 of the IT act.

Following this, Justice G Chokalingam ordered issuance of notice to the Police Commissioner and the Inspector of Cyber Crimes which are returnable in two weeks.