A day after a Dwarka-based radiologist was arrested for allegedly conducting sex-determination tests in a private clinic, sources said it showed portable ultrasound machines were still being used in diagnostic centres in the capital.
The doctor was arrested by a joint team of the Delhi and Haryana governments. In February 2015, the Delhi government had notified the changes regarding portable ultrasound machines made in the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, where all mobile machines had to be fixed.
According to District Magistrate (southwest) Madhu Teotia, Dr V K Mutreja was arrested after the raid on his clinic, Vishank Diagnostic Centre. Dr Mutreja is an assistant secretary in the Delhi Medical Association (DMA). Dr Rakesh Gupta, DMA president, said the association had not got in touch with Dr Mutreja yet. “His family has not tried to approach us yet, so we do not know the facts yet. But if anybody is guilty of any wrongdoing, the DMA will not support them. But if there has been any distortion of facts on the ground, we will stand by our fraternity. The situation will be clear once he gets bail.” According to Dr Gupta, until Monday evening, Dr Mutreja was yet to get bail.
According to Teotia, a decoy pregnant woman brought by the Haryana team was seen undergoing a sex determination procedure at the clinic. Another woman also underwent the test.