Sources said the raid followed complaints against the privately-run Jyoti clinic in Jharsuguda town. During the raid, the authorities found that the ultrasound machine which was installed in the clinic since 2007 did not have any legal registration, violating the norms of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act, 2002.
Also on Thursday, another PNDT squad raided a private hospital in Samablpur and seized two ultrasound machines. The squad asked the district administration to register a case against the hospital authorities. “Though we did not find any objectionable records from the hospital, but discrepancy in documentation is also an offence under the act,” said the deputy director of health and family welfare department, Rabindrra Kumar Mishra.
In January, a Jharsuguda court had convicted three doctors for violating the law on use of ultrasound machines. The government has also taken steps to cancel their medical licences.