Rawalpindi - A court of law yesterday sent four members of a kidney racket to Adiala Jail for 14 days on judicial remand.

The four persons including a woman were arrested by Rawat police on charges of stealing human kidneys on Saturday last.

The court declined the plea of police for awarding physical remand of the accused after their lawyers argued that police are not legally authorised to lodge case under Transplantation of Human Organ and Tissues Act (THOT) 2010.

Meanwhile, police are still clueless about the whereabouts of the ring leader and other members of kidney gang.

Advocate Qausain Faisal Mufti, representing the accused, argued before the court that under the THOT 2010 Act, the police could not take cognizance of the kidney transplant allegations.

The lawyer further said that even an aggrieved person could lodge a complaint against illegal transplantation of his organs.

The court also directed police to get recorded statements of 24 persons recovered from illegal confinement under 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc).

Muhammad Nadim, a resident of Faisalabad who was detained at the basement of the plaza, told media persons outside the court that he was promised by the accused to provide him with a lucrative job at a bungalow in Rawalpindi with good salary. He said when he reached the given address, he was detained and subjected to some medical tests.

He further alleged that later the accused told him that he had to give away one of his kidneys against Rs 290,000.

A police officer told The Nation that Dr Zahid of Kidney Centre along with 3 other doctors has been nominated in the case lodged with police station Rawat. The case has been registered under sections 365 and 342 PPC and 9/10 section of human transplant act.