Kolkata: A sex determination test on Asian Games gold medallist 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 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 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.
The report has to be submitted to the court by June 23.
Eastern Railway on Sunday suspended the 27-year-old who worked as a ticket collector.
Pramanik, who won the 4x400m relay gold at the Doha Asian Games 2006, was arrested on June 14 after being accused of multiple sexual assault and misrepresentation of gender by a 30-year-old woman who had a live-in relationship with the athlete for two years after being estranged from her husband.
The middle distance runner, who had won five gold medals and one silver between 2005 and 2006, officially retired the next year, but there were reports that the athlete was not allowed in a Madurai national meet because of 'excessive male hormones'.
Dr Sil hoped that the test would be conducted at the Barasat Hospital on Tuesday.
"Pramanik would be produced at the court tomorrow where the plea for the test in Barasat General Hospital would be made once again. We are hopeful of conducting the test tomorrow in the afternoon," he said.