New Delhi, February 20, 2016: A landmark judgment W.P. (C) 2721/2014: Indian Medical Association vs. Union of India delivered by the Hon’ble High Court Delhi on February 17, 2016 has brought much relief to the medical fraternity, in particular the non-pelvic ultrasonologists. As per this judgment, the rules of the PC PNDT Act will no longer be applicable to non-pelvic ultrasonologists who give a declaration that they will not be using the ultrasound machine for sex determination or pre-natal diagnostic procedure.
In its judgement, the High Court has held
"(ii) … all places including vehicles where ultrasound machine or imaging machine or scanner or other equipment capable of determining sex of the foetus or has the potential of detection of sex during pregnancy or selection of sex before conception, require registration under the Act;
(iii) However, if the person seeking registration
(a) Makes a declaration in the form to be prescribed by the Central Supervisory Board to the effect that the said machine or equipment is not intended for conducting pre-natal diagnostic procedures;