A local court has rejected the anticipatory bail application plea of a nurse — booked for allegedly masterminding a sex-determination racket in Patran.
The accused Meena Rani had claimed that she had no connection with the racket and claimed to have been falsely implicated.
Rejecting the plea, district additional and sessions judge Jatinder Agarwal said that the custodial interrogation of Meena was necessary to zero-in on the other accused and finally solve the case.
“It is also important for the police to show the recovery of Rs 15,000 received by Meena Rani as well as find the vehicle used in committing the said crime,” the court order said.
Accused goes on leave
Interestingly, even as the case in this regard was registered on November 21, the police have been unable to trace Meena. Immediately after registering the case, the police failed to trap the accused and sources said she had even attended a polio camp on Sunday, with the police claiming that had made all efforts to trace her.
Area SHO Jagbir Singh said, “Teams have been sent to various places and yet we have been unable to nab the accused, but have had no success.”
Sources in the health department said the accused had applied for leave on the grounds that her brother had expired. She had taken leave a day after the case registered against her at the Patran police station.
“We are trying to locate her through her phone location,” the SHO claimed.
The health department has also been reluctant to take action against her.
Civil surgeon, Rajiv Bhalla said they had forwarded case details, along with a copy of first information report (FIR), to the health department director.
“It is the health department director who is authorised to take departmental action against the nurse,” Bhalla said.
Following a report by the Kaithal civil surgeon, police have booked three people under Sections 3,4, 5, 6 and 23 (3) of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT Act, 1994) at the Patran police station in Patiala.
How the case unfolded
The complainant Kaithal civil surgeon Neelam Kakar claimed that they had specific intelligence that a gang that indulged in sex determination was active in Patiala.
The Kaithal dept planted a dummy patient to nab the gang and the operation started on November 10.The ‘dummy patient’ discussed the issue over phone with members of the gang and the accused directed her to reach the Patran bus-stop in Patiala.
On the day the sex test was being done, Kaithal health dept got delayed in conducting the raid and the gang managed to flee.
A report was then submitted to the Patiala deputy commissioner, recommending a police case against the people identified to be part of the racket.