'Sex determination': BMC writes to Shah Rukh

A day after receiving birth report of a boy born to Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, BMC has written to the actor seeking details of alleged attempts to determine sex of the foetus.

A team of civic officials visited Shah Rukh's residence in Bandra Wednesday to ascertain facts regarding allegations of a pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic test (PCPNDT). PCPNDT is banned in India.

The team was told the actor is not in town and BMC can direct all communication to his office.

SRK, however, attended the music launch of his latest film Chennai Express at a Juhu hotel in the evening.

Asked about the surrogate baby, he said, "We will talk about this another time. There is a bit of happy part and a bit of it is sad. When the sad part is over, we will talk. I request everyone, including the authorities, to stop their enthusiastic investigation until then."

According to the birth report, the boy was born at Masrani Hospital for Women in Andheri on May 27. The father's name is registered as Shahrukh Meer Taj Mohammed Khan and mother's Gauri Shahrukh Khan. It says Gauri was married at the age of 21 and her age at the time of the third baby is 43. The baby was born at 34 weeks through a caesarean and weighed 1.5 kg at birth.

"After receiving the birth report, civic officials visited Shah Rukh Khan's home today to question him on the alleged reports of a sex determination test. We were told by the staff that the couple is not in town," said Arun Bamne, chief health officer, BMC.

This is the second time the civic health department has gone to question the couple after allegations that they conducted a pre-natal sex determination test. "We will question the couple as soon as we can. We had questioned them last month but were not satisfied with the answers," said Bamne.

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