Disobeying the alleged favour sought by a family member of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for reviewing the action against an accused booked under Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act and for fraud has resulted in transfer of the Rohtak chief medical officer (CMO) Dr VK Govila to Sonepat.
A team of the district health authorities, on January 18 conducted a raid at the premises of Kamla Rani located in Sunaria village, where she has been working as a doctor against a forged degree.
The authorities have booked her under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and fraud charges of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). She was conducting illegal abortion for last several years.
Rani escaped from the spot during the raid, and has been on the run for more than 25 days now. Shivaji Nagar colony station house officer sub-inspector Narender Singh said that the accused could not be arrested as the residents of the village termed her an innocent woman. He added that the police was busy collecting evidence against the accused, and she may or may not be arrested, depending on the proof.
The raiding team had found several ultrasound records at the centers located in the town, where the accused used to send them for getting sex determination test, which is a crime under the P-C PNDT Act.
According to the sources, a family member of the chief minister has been married in the village, who had asked Govila not to take action and review the case before recommending action against the accused to which he refused.
The CMO's denial resulted in his transfer. A senior doctor of the health department said that this action against Govila has demotivated the team to fight against the menace of illegal abortion centers running in the state.
National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) director Rakesh Gupta said that the offences registered against any accused were non-bailable offence and the police have to arrest them without any delay. He added that the state health department and food and drug administration were jointly launching the operation to root out violations of the PC-PNDT Act.
Govila confirmed that he was transferred to Sonepat.