Dr. Sunil Fakay vs Gnctd, Directorate Of Family … on 10 January, 2011

IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
W.P.(C) 7736/2010 & CM 22012/2010
DR. SUNIL FAKAY ….. Petitioner Through: Mr. Shivek Trehan, Mr Udit Mendiratta
and Mr. Arjun Mahajan, Advocates.
versus
GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI, DIRECTORATE OF
FAMILY WELFARE & ORS ….. Respondents Through: Ms. Anju Bhattacharya, Addl. Standing
Counsel with Ms. Shifalika Dalmia, Adv.
CORAM: JUSTICE S. MURALIDHAR
ORDER
% 10.01.2011
1. The prayer in this writ petition is to revoke the effect of order dated 16th July 2010 passed by the
Appropriate Authority under the Pre-Conception & PreNatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex
Selection) Act, 1994 [‘PNDT Act’] pursuant to order dated 23rd September 2010 passed by the Appellate
Authority whereby the case had been remanded to the District Appropriate Authority.
2. The Petitioner runs a diagnostic centre under the name ‘Sunil Fakay Imaging’. On the basis of the complaint
of one Shri S. K. Sharma, Secretary, Beti Bachao Samiti, a criminal case was registered against the Petitioner
under Section 384 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The allegation against the Petitioner
was that it was revealed in a ‘sting’ operation that he had conducted an ultrasound of the foetus of a pregnant
woman (a W.P.(C) 7736/2010 Page 1 of 4 decoy customer) and disclosed to her the sex of the foetus. An
order dated 16th July 2010 was passed by the District Appropriate Authority (Respondent No. 2), cancelling
the registration of the Petitioner’s diagnostic centre. On the very same day, i.e. 16th July 2010, the
Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Model Town (Respondent No. 3) passed an order sealing the Petitioner’s clinic.
The Petitioner then filed an appeal before the Appellate Authority against the cancellation of his registration.
On 23rd September 2010, the Appellate Authority passed an order, setting aside the order dated 16th July
2010 of the District Appropriate Authority. The case was remanded to the District Appropriate Authority to
follow the due procedure under the PNDT Act and pass a fresh order within one month.
3. Having not received any communication from the District Appropriate Authority for more than a month,
the Petitioner filed this petition against the sealing of his clinic and the cancellation of his registration under
the PNDT Act.
4. On 2nd December 2010, learned counsel for the Respondents handed over a copy of the minutes of a
meeting of the Advisory Committee under the PNDT Act held on 20th October 2010 in the Office of Dy.
Commissioner (North- West) Kanjhawla, Delhi. The Advisory Committee recommended that the earlier order
of cancellation of the registration under the PNDT Act be substituted with an order of suspension of the
Petitioner’s licence till the completion of investigation by the police.
5. The Petitioner filed CM No. 22012/10 pointing out that the said minutes of W.P.(C) 7736/2010 Page 2 of 4
the meeting of the Advisory Committee did not amount to an order by the Respondent No. 2.
Dr. Sunil Fakay vs Gnctd, Directorate Of Family … on 10 January, 2011
Indian Kanoon – http://indiankanoon.org/doc/410416/ 16. Learned counsel for the Petitioner submitted that since no order had been passed by the District Appropriate
Authority despite the expiry of one month after the date of the order of the Appellate Authority, the due
procedure under the PNDT Act was not complied with and, therefore, the Petitioner’s clinic should be
de-sealed and his registration restored.
7. Learned counsel for the Respondents submits that a formal order of the District Appropriate Authority, on
the basis of the recommendation of the Appellate Authority, is likely to be issued in a week’s time.
8. The minutes of the meeting of the Advisory Committee dated 20th October 2010 records the fact that the
Petitioner appeared before the said Committee and was asked whether he would like to view the CD
containing the video of the sting operation in the presence of the Committee. The Petitioner, however,
declined the offer. He maintained that the CD was doctored and that he had committed no violation of the
PNDT Act. A perusal of the transcript of the CD, which has been placed on record by the Petitioner along
with CM 22012 of 2010 shows that the Petitioner did perform the ultrasound on the decoy customer and that
he confirmed to her the sex of the foetus. As regards the Petitioner’s contention that the CD was doctored, this
will have to await the conclusion of the criminal investigation. It is, however, clarified that it will be open to
the Petitioner to produce any scientific report in support of his contention that the CD in question has been
doctored or manipulated and, on W.P.(C) 7736/2010 Page 3 of 4 that basis, apply to the District Appropriate
Authority to consider lifting the order of suspension of his licence.
9. This Court takes on record the statement of learned counsel for the Respondents that a formal order will be
passed by the District Appropriate Authority within one week, on the basis of the recommendation of the
Appellate Authority.
10. In the circumstances, this Court finds, prima facie, that the recommendation of the Advisory Committee
that the order cancelling the Petitioner’s registration passed by the Appropriate Authority on 16th July 2010
should be converted into one of suspension of his licence till the completion of investigation by the police is
not unreasonable.
11. The writ petition is disposed of in the above terms. The pending application also stands disposed of.
S. MURALIDHAR, J
JANUARY 10, 2011
SK
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