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BMC officials visit Shah Rukh’s home, meet doctor

Priyanka Vora, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 17, 2013
First Published: 22:20 IST(17/6/2013) | Last Updated: 22:22 IST(17/6/2013)

Health officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation visited actor Shah Rukh Khan’s residence in Bandra on Monday to investigate a complaint filed by social activists based on media reports that the actor and his wife Gauri are having a boy through surrogacy, indicating illegal sex determination could have been done.

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BMC health officials visited Khan's bungalow and a south Mumbai hospital to probe if sex determination had taken place.

A team of three senior doctors visited Khan’s residence. "The actor is not in the city. Our team spoke to his manager, who said the actor has not spoken to anyone in the media about surrogacy," said Dr Arun Bamne, executive health officer, BMC.

Varsha Deshpande had complained to the government on Sunday alleging violation of the PCPNDT Act by the actor and his doctor. In her complaint, Deshpande also named a south Mumbai hospital, which, according to the media reports, has commissioned the surrogacy.

"Our team visited the doctor and the hospital administration to collect information about the allegations made in the complaint submitted to us. But the doctors there denied the allegations," said Dr Bamne.

A senior doctor from the hospital said they have not commissioned the surrogacy for Khan.

On Saturday, HT had reported the state’s Indian Radiological and Imaging Association had asked the state health department to investigate how the couple learnt the sex of their unborn child when sex determination is illegal in India.

"We have forwarded the complaint to the BMC, asking them to inquire about the allegations on an urgent basis," said Dr A Khade, in charge of PCPNDT Act in the state health department.

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