New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the Supreme Court to uphold a ban on surgical sterilisation in the national capital, dismissing a plea by a group of doctors who argued that the practice is a form of male sterilisation.

The court said doctors are entitled to seek sterilisation through a process of consultation and the patient is entitled to the same.

The decision was taken on a petition by a private patient who had challenged the ban on the practice, in which the patient would have to pay a fee of Rs 50,000.

The patient, who is not a doctor, said that sterilisation is not necessary for any medical reason.

But in the case of a surgical sterilization, the patient must have a specific medical condition and have no other medical problems, the court said.

“The law does not require any surgical procedure to be performed in the country, but the law allows surgical sterilisations for certain medical reasons.

The Supreme Court’s order is in conflict with that,” said lawyer Sanjay Jain, who was representing the petitioner.

The medical community in the capital has been demanding a ban for decades.

But there have been sporadic protests in recent months, including one in March, when hundreds of doctors protested against the government’s decision to remove the government health minister, Ramesh Bidhuri.