People will do anything if they find themselves in a tight spot over money, but how far one will go to get it, varies from person to person. While some would sell their belongings, others would go so far as to sell their own body parts. Take the case of a Bangalore man who was lured by an advertisement through messaging app WhatsApp to sell one of his kidneys for Rs 1.6 crore.

The man, who has been identified as MB Somashekar, revealed that he saw the ad on the internet and that it was being offered by a famous doctor at the Columbia Asia Hospital in Bangalore. The doctor in question was said to be Dr Arun Wesley David, the Head of Department of Renal Transplant Surgery at the hospital.

Somashekar, who works as a stenographer, was in dire need of money and he answered the ad immediately. He revealed that he spoke with someone who claimed to be Dr Arun and that the man promised to pay him Rs 1.6 crores for his kidney. The whole interaction was conducted through WhatsApp.

After agreeing with the impersonator, Somashekar then approached transplant coordinator at the hospital, Aprajita Dhal, and told her about the whole interaction he had with Dr Arun and how he came to know about the offer through a website. When asked the name of the website, Somashekar could not remember it.

The impersonator had asked Somashekar to carry along his Aadhaar card for identity proof so that the sale could be completed. When he got there, the hospital staff was left bewildered when he told them he was there to sell his kidney. As for Dr Arun, he said that the number, from where the WhatsApp messages originated, was not his and that someone was using his name to impersonate him and fool people. He has filed a legal complaint.

An officer, who is ivestigating the case, is reported by a leading newspaper to have stated, “Somashekar is said to have shown Dhal WhatsApp messages and subsequent conversations on various dates where Dr David’ allegedly had been in contact with him about the sale of his kidney. However, he could not remember the name of the website or its URL.”

The Cyber Police has registered a case under section 66(C) and 66(D) of the Information Technology Act of 2000 and 120B (criminal conspiracy) 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 420 (cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with other sections of the IPC.