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Ready for CBI probe: Hooda

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said that his government was willing to hand over the investigation into the kidney transplant racket to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) if the Centre desired.

“I have not received such a request so far. But if the Centre wants a CBI inquiry, we will transfer the case. We have no problems with that,” Hooda told Hindustan Times when asked about Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss’s statement that his ministry would seek a CBI inquiry into the case.

The Union Health Minister had earlier told reporters in New Delhi that since the racket involved multiple states and cities such as Mumbai, Noida and Gurgaon, his ministry would soon request the CBI to undertake a detailed investigation.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government has decided to probe the failure of the local police to detect the racket being run from Gurgaon for almost a decade. Highly placed sources said an officer not less than the rank of an Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) would look into the failure and other lapses of the police in the matter.

Hooda had on January 26 said that the police had failed miserably in detecting the nefarious activities carried out at the Sector 23 house in Gurgaon for the past several years. “I admit that we have failed. It is a failure of the administration and even the society,” Hooda had told reporters after attending the Republic Day ceremony in Gurgaon.

City Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal, too, had conceded that the local police had failed to keep a tab on the happening at the two houses.

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