Medical director of Rotunda: The Centre for Human Reproduction, Dr Gautam Allahbadia, has claimed that the complaint by Pramila Pandey, mother of Sushma Pandey (17) who had donated eggs at his clinic two days prior to her death on August 10, 2010 is “nothing but an afterthought” and filed “only to extract money and dent the goodwill and reputation I enjoy in the medical fraternity”.
In a reply before the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) on January 13, Allahbadia said Pandey, who used the name Sushma Pramod Dubey on records maintained by the clinic, donated eggs at the clinic on three occasions and when she came to the clinic first on February 3, 2009, she was accompanied by a man named ‘Sonu’ who, she said, was her husband. He said she submitted a PAN card that stated her age to be 20 years.
Sushma’s mother Pramila had filed a complaint of negligence against him last October.
Allahbadia, a leading infertility specialist, who was a part of the drafting committee of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill, 2010, has stated that the complaint “is motivated and the complainant (Pramila) seems to be guided by some third party”.
Allahbadia’s reply before the MMC stated: “As a clinic, it is not our duty to investigate the authenticity of the documents provided to us by the donor or the surrogates. The clinic is only responsible for the treatment. I humbly submit that it is next to impossible for me or my staff to verify the genuineness of the PAN card or any other documents provided to me as proof of age.”
When Pandey was discharged from his clinic, there was no abnormality found in her body, Allahbadia said. “The conduct of the said Ms Dubey is questionable by the account of her own mother” as she was missing for two days prior to her death on August 10, 2010, he said.
“After being discharged from my clinic on August 8, 2010, they said Ms Dubey was not traceable by her own mother’s account and hence, me and my clinic cannot be held responsible for what happened to Ms Dubey post-discharge.”
Meanwhile, Sanaullah Mustakin Khan alias Shanu, who allegedly accompanied 17-year-old Sushma Pandey to the clinic two days prior to her death, on Wednesday withdrew his discharge application filed in the Bombay High Court. Shanu’s lawyer Kaushik Mhatre told the court that he would cooperate with the investigators.