Kolkata: A sex determination test on Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik, who is in judicial custody accused of rape and of being a 'male', could not take place on Monday with the police insisting it take place in jail, while a government medical team was formed during the day.
Police sources said that the test should take place at the Dum Dum Correctional Home where Pramanik, on a 14-day remand, has been kept in a separate cell.
"There is a lot of hype over the case. Taking her to the hospital will only add to it. It would be better if it is conducted in the cell", the sources said.
Meanwhile, a seven member medical team was formed during the day headed by the chief medical officer of North 24 Parganas district Dr Sukanta Sil.
Dr Sil said a plea has been made to the chief judicial magistrate to allow the athlete to be tested at the Barasat General Hospital.
"We hope to get the nod for the test to be done at the Barasat Hospital which is fully equipped for the gender determination test", the CMO said.