Mumbai—A Malaysian national has been detained at the Mumbai International Airport after it was discovered that he was carrying live human embryos inside a canister. Authorities found the canister to be suspicious-looking. The man said that he was transporting the embryo to a fertility clinic in the city.
Indian officials said that they apprehended Partheban Durai on March 16. The Malaysian acknowledged that it was not the first time he had illegally brought in this type of material into India. He told authorities it may actually be his seventh or eighth time.
The man named the clinic where he is supposed to be bringing the human embryos—Indo Nippon IVF clinic in Bandra—and led the authorities there.
Legal representatives for Dr Goral Gandhi, the clinic’s scientific and laboratory director, denied the Malaysian’s accusations. They allege that Dr Gandhi is the victim of a set-up.
Dr Gandhi refuted Mr Durai’s claims and brought the situation before the Bombay High Court. On Monday, March 18, the Court asked India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to withhold from taking action against her until April...