A man has been arrested after he was allegedly caught attempting to smuggle a live human embryo to India. The authorities said that they found a Malaysian National carrying the embryo in a special container hidden in his suitcase at Mumbai airport.
Reportedly, the man has agreed that he has earlier made several similar smugglings and he has also led the officials to a clinic in Mumbai which is being investigated as it is been doubted to have a connection with the smuggling.
However, the clinic has refuted the allegations and its involvement in any such smuggling.
According to Times of India, Rebecca Gonsalves who is representing the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence which is investigating the smuggling operation told Mumbai High court that several text messages were found on the man’s phone suggest that the clinic was the place where the embryo has to be delivered.
Embryologist Dr Coral Gandhi has denied the allegation and her lawyer Sujoy Kantwalla said that she doesn’t import embryos as a part of the business and he blamed “a conspiracy hatched by a person which may include competitors.
Information reveals that it is illegal to import embryos into India without a certificate from the Indian Council of Medical Research. Also, in Malaysia IVF is not permitted under the Islamic law and some couples believe to export their embryos to India for IVF.
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