SCB baby swap case:HC orders for DNA test

Cuttack: The High Court today ordered for DNA test to ascertain the parents of the baby girl, who is still lying unclaimed in the SCB medical college and hospital here ever since she was born on March 30.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice S K Mishra adjudicating in a writ petition ordered that blood samples of two newborn babies born on the same day and the two mothers would be collected at SCB Hospital on Wednesday in presence of a court officer. The state government informed the Court that it would bear the cost of the DNA test which would be held in a laboratory outside the state. The outcome of the test findings is likely to be available in two months, sources said.

The Hospital authorities are insisting that the baby girl belongs to one Rashmita Mallick of Cuttack district but the Rashmita is claiming that she had given birth to a baby boy. On the other hand, one Nirupama Mallick of Jajpur district gave birth to a baby boy almost at the same time and both the babies were put on a same bed after their birth.

High Court, before ordering for the DNA test wanted to take the views of Nirupama and her husband who were summoned to the Court on the day. Nirupama, told the Court that she was willing to offer herself and her son for the DNA test only after if some discrepancies appear after the DNA test of the baby girl and the mother who is refusing to accept the girl.

The, HC however, wanted that the tests should be done at one time to clear all doubts and accordingly ordered that the blood samples of both the babies and both the mothers shall be collected on Wednesday in presence of a registrar of the High Court.