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Former athlete Pinki Pramanik gets bail

A West Bengal court Tuesday granted bail to Asiad gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, who after being accused of being a male had been under judicial custody since 15 June for alleged rape, the athlete's counsel said.

'Pinki was granted bail on Tuesday by the court district judge North 24 Parganas on a personal bond of Rs 5,000,' Tuhin Roy, the counsel, said.

Reports of a chromosomal test to determine Pramanik's gender are also slated to be submitted before the court by the SSKM Hospital. An 11-member medical board was constituted to conduct the tests.

Pramanik was arrested 14 June  and remanded to 14 days' judicial custody by a court 15 June  after the athlete's live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the athlete of being a male who repeatedly 'raped and tortured' her.

Subsequent to the arrest, Pramanik was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the athlete was indeed a male.

Pramanik, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy.

Pramanik, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4x400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar. The runner was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.

Meanwhile, hailing the court's decision to grant bail to Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik, the Bengal sports fraternity on Tuesday demanded punishment for those who are guilty of mistreating the athlete. Around 30 sportspersons, including Asian Games gold medalist and former CPI-M MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, had gathered outside the North 24-Parganas district court in Barasat to hear the court's decision on the bail plea.
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