June 01, 2009

Doctors booked under Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act continue medical practice

Following a sting operation led by Chief District Health Officer (CDHO) Vaidya, the health department on Tuesday trapped Dr Kaushik Shah, a radiologist from Ahmedabad, and his two staffers under the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

Dr Shah is the fourth in the line with DN Prajapati in Palanpur, Harshad Thakkar in Ahmedabad and Bharat Bhope in Rajkot having been booked earlier under the Act.

An FIR was lodged on Wednesday and the two mediators in the case, Vijay Goswami and Paresh Shah, were arrested by the police on Thursday. Maninagar Police Inspector, PJ Trivedi, said, “We have arrested the duo on Thursday night. The doctor is presently absconding and could not be arrested as he got a day’s time as the FIR was lodged a day after the sting operation.”

Meanwhile, even as the government tasted some success by securing a Supreme Court stay in the case of Dr Harshad Thakkar against his application to allow him to sell off his sonography machine; in all the three previous cases though their machines have been sealed, the doctors have not been restricted from practising in the absence of any regulation.

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