A team of the Haryana health department raided a private clinic here after alleged sex-determination test reports following which, police arrested five people from the clinic. However, the police now say that they are still verifying to ascertain whether the test was performed or not.
The move is being seen to give a clean chit to a woman doctor, who was indicted by the health department and even the police booked her in the case.
A three-member team, led by Ambala civil surgeon Dr Vinod Gupta, had raided the Amanpreet Hospital and allegedly found a lady doctor performing a sex-determination test on a woman.
Following information, Kapurthala health officials, led by then Sultanpur Lodhi senior medical officer (SMO) Harpreet Kaur, also reached the spot.
On Kapurthala health department’s complaint , the police booked seven people, including Dr Sandeep Kaur, the duty doctor of the Amanpreet Hospital, under Sections 420 (fraud), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994.
While five people have been arrested, two, including Dr Sandeep Kaur, are on the run. Dr Sandeep is the wife of Amanpreet Singh, who is the owner of the hospital.
But the police have not mentioned it in the FIR (first information report)or investigated it.
On Wednesday, the complainant and a witness in the case from Haryana recorded their statements before the local police, after they were asked to join the investigation.
Civil surgeon HS Kahlon said that machines were sealed for conducting the sex test. “For reopening it, we have to take permission of the court that will take at least a month.” When asked about the arrest of the hospital owner as per PCPNDT Act, Kahlon said, “We have submitted our reports and it’s up to the police to make an inquiry.”
Station house officer (SHO) Harpreet Singh said that the investigating was still on and the remaining two persons in the case are yet to be arrested. “It is not clear whether the sex test was held at the Amanpreet Hospital or not.
We are locating the mobile locations and machine records to verify it,” the station house officer said.