Dr Ashok Kashyap, a former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA from Indri, and his accomplice Sukhbir Singh were sent to one-day police remand, on Monday, by a court at Indri for allegedly conducting sex determination tests.
Pooja, a receptionist at Kashyap's clinic, and Varun, a chemist shop owner were sent to jail for 14 days. However, investigators claim that the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg.
At a joint press conference, called by the district police and health department here on Monday, the investigators said that Kashyap's clinic, located about 35 kms away, was on the health department's watch for the last several months.
Deputy civil surgeon, Karnal, Dr Rajinder Kumar said that the department had tried to catch the accused red-handed on the several previous occasions but failed.
"As there were numerous complaints that the accused was allegedly indulged in conducting gender determination tests, we tried to raid Kashyap's clinic on at least ten different occasions.
Unfortunately, every time the information of the raid was leaked to the accused and we failed. Once the health authorities at the headquarters were intimated to seek other options to nab the guilty, the operation was secretly handed over to the Ambala health authorities," he said.
He said the raiding team also seized 22 medical termination kits from a pharmacy adjacent to Kashyap's clinic. Kumar said that it was biggest haul in Haryana of such kits from a single place. The owner of the pharmacy had no record of its purchase or sale.
Kumar said that during checking, at least 15 torn forms, meant to be filled before routine ultrasound examination on expecting women, were found from the clinic.
"It seems the modus operandi of the accused was that in certain cases forms were filled to give an impression that ultrasounds were being conducted in accordance to the rules. We will get these papers examined and this could lead to more people being arrested in the case," he said.
Officiating superintendent of police, Karnal, Simardeep Singh, said the four diaries seized from the clinic were under scrutiny wherein details of suspected sex determination tests with payment were scribbled. Also, four mobile phones belonging to the three accused were also seized for further investigations.
Singh said another aide was absconding along with `8,000 out of the `13,000 paid for conducting sex test on a decoy patient.