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Feb 08, 2008 at 11:28pm IST

Nepal to probe Amit's links in the country

Kathmandu: India is confident that Nepal will hand over Amit Kumar, the alleged mastermind of the Gurgaon kidney racket case, at the earliest.

Amit will be produced in a Nepal court on Sunday on charges of foreign currency violations.

On Friday, Amit defended himself saying, "I was not trying to run. I want to go to India and defend myself. All allegations against me have been cleared by the court."

Amit Kumar alias Sanjay Raut also tried to bribe his way to freedom when police came to arrest him on Thursday.

"Kitna rupya chaiya 20 lakh, 30 lakh, 50 lakh, 1 crore? Kitna rupya chahiye? Paise le lo aur humko chor do (How much do you want? Rs 20 lakh, Rs 30 lakh, Rs 50 lakh, Rs 1 crore? Take it and let me go)," Assistant Sub-Inspector Chim Bahadhur Tamang, who was a part of the police team that arrested Amit, claimed.

India has officially requested Nepal to deport Amit back to India and both Gurgaon and Moradabad police are waiting to take him into custody.

Sources say that Amit could be back in India by the end of the week but with possible foreign exchange violations and his confession to Nepalese police that he indeed carried out kidney transplants; getting Amit back might be a longer process.

"He has told us that he carried out at least 300 transplants. We are seeing if they were in Nepal or India," Devendra Subedi, SP, Nepal Police said.

Nepali citizens working in Amit's Gurgaon hospital are also being investigated to ascertain to find out if they acted as touts to procure possible donors from Nepal.

Amit stayed at the Radisson Hotel of Kathmandu after arriving on January 26. Following after the Interpol Red Corner notice he decided to move towards the safety of a forest resort in Chitwan.

But the law seems to have finally caught up with him and with police of at least two countries ready to prosecute him the next 48 hours are very crucial for the kidney racket kingpin.

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