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Alleged Kidney racket active on Facebook: No FIR so far
The application presented by IPS Officer and Social Activist, Amitabh Thakur on 13 May to police station Gomtinagar, Lucknow for registration of FIR in an alleged Kidney racket on Facebook keeps pending till date.

The application had presented facts about Thakur's friend Pratik Jain having sent him a Facebook message regarding one Anurag Joshi contacting for sale of kidney at 3.5-4 lakh rupees, which was verified by Thakur on phone with that person about getting around 3 lakhs for his kidney, for which he would have to come to Pune and from there to Iran, providing bank account detail as well.

When no FIR was registered by the police station, Thakur had presented an application to Praveen Kumar, SSP Lucknow on 14 May and had personally met him on 15 May when the SSP had assured registration of FIR by evening. Thakur felt happy of the fact that the SSP had taken the matter seriously and very soon appropriate action would be taken in this sensitive case. 

However, when he asked SO Gomtinagar that evening the latter told him that no such order of the SSP had been received by him. He waited thinking that the police would be busy in the much more important work of counting.

Finally a Sub Inspector from Gomtinagar police station met Thakur on 19 May and gave him a letter from in-charge of Cyber Crime cell, Lucknow asking for the URL and mail id account of Facebook along with their screen-shot, to which he had provided the details available with him.

Thus the matter is moving between Gomtinagar police and cyber cell, Hazratganj and despite SSP’s assurance no FIR has been registered so far in this extremely sensitive case.

Thakur has now decided to pursue the matter not through even the minimum use of his official capacity, if any, and would pursue the matter till its end, because he strongly believes that the present cases of some FIRs being registered immediately and some not being registered, purely in a arbitrary and discretionary manner is completely incorrect and illegal, as has already been stated by the Supreme Court in Lalita Kumari vs State of UP.

Thakur had written to DGP, UP not only to get the FIR registered but to also take action against the concerned police officers for having failed to do so despite the Supreme Court order of mandatory registration of FIR.

Meanwhile this crucial delay of 9 days in registering FIR and taking up the matter as a challenge must have made a permanent adverse effect on this critical case, which is really sad and disappointing. In this regard, it is really disheartening that if an FIR of an IPS officer fails to get registered, what would happen to the FIR to be filed by ordinary people like us?!


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