Kidney theft case in Karachi
Karachi: The court of the senior civil judge and assistant district and sessions judge–II, Central, on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the kidney stealing case till July 20 since the judge was on leave. Dr Kashif Mateen, son of Syed Mateen Zaidi, is charged with having stolen a kidney from Mohammad Kashif, son of Zamir Hussain Siddiqui, while the patient was undergoing surgery on May 7, 2006.
According to the prosecution, the plaintiff went to a hospital in North Nazimabad complaining of severe abdominal pain. The clinic, which is run by the defendant, told Mr Kashif that he would have to undergo surgery to remove stones from his gall bladder. The patient was given medication and operated upon, but the doctor did not tell him that one of his kidneys had been removed.
The patient came to know about the ‘disappearance’ of one of his kidneys only when he felt severe pain and consulted a doctor of another clinic in Paposh Nagar, who had various tests conducted including an ultrasound. The doctor told Mr Kashif that he had merely one kidney and that the other had been removed.
The court had indicted the accused on Aug 8 when he pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case. A case (FIR No 280/06) was registered against Dr Mateen under Sections 334 and 404 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Taimuria police station. The doctor was arrested on July 8, 2006.