Delhi

Hospital faces action for illegal sex determination

Radiologist, agent nabbed; three ultrasound machines sealed; FIR lodged

A first information report was registered and three ultrasound machines sealed at a hospital in South-East Delhi district for carrying out illegal sex determination, the Delhi government’s Health Department said on Thursday.

In a statement, the Department said the Delhi State Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) cell received a tip-off from the Rohtak PNDT cell on Wednesday that illegal ultrasounds were being conducted to determine sex at Jeewan Hospital in Sunlight Colony, Ashram.

After receiving the information, the cell sent a decoy patient to the hospital, where an agent, Kavita, took ₹30,000 and entered the name of the husband of the decoy patient in the medical records instead of the woman’s.

The statement said Manoj Krishan Ahuja, a radiologist at the hospital, conducted the ultrasound and revealed the sex of the baby. The decoy patient was not asked to show proof of her identity or fill out the required forms under the PNDT Act.

Once the sex was revealed, the joint team of officers from the district-level authority and Rohtak PNDT cell nabbed both the agent and Dr. Ahuja. Apart from the sum of ₹30,000 given by the decoy patient, the team recovered approximately ₹22 lakh and $76,000 from Dr. Ahuja’s bag. Demonetised notes of ₹1,000 and ₹500 totalling ₹18,000 were also recovered.

The police said Dr. Ahuja belongs to Chandigarh and completed his MD in 1985 from Patiala University. He came to Delhi in 1986 and lives in Pamposh Enclave. He is a divorcee and lives alone. Dr. Ahuja is a visiting doctor at Jeewan Hospital, a charity clinic at a gurdwara in Kalkaji and at Fortis Hospital at New Friends Colony. He visited the hospitals on alternate days.

He was with the Jeewan Hospital for 12 years and had installed his personal ultrasound machines at the hospital, the police said.

Kavita worked as domestic help at a child care clinic at Kanjhawala, where she came to know about the illegal tests being conducted by the doctor. She approached him around four months ago and has ‘referred’ nearly four clients to him since. She charged ₹30,000 for her services and gave Dr. Ahuja ₹12,000 for the test.

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