Asian Games gold medallist Pinki released from jail

Kolkata: India`s Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik on Wednesday walked out of jail after 26 days and said she was falsely implicated in the rape case. A Barasat court had on Tuesday granted the athlete bail.

Speaking to reporters after her release from the Dum Dum Central Jail, Pramanik said she was falsely implicated in the case.

Pramanik was arrested on June 14 after she was accused of being a male by her live-in partner, a 30-year-old estranged woman who also alleged that she was raped by Pramanik.

Asked whether she would file a defamation case, Pramanik said she would consult her lawyer on this matter. Her father and other family members received her after her release from Jail.

Pramanik had won the 4x400m relay gold in the 2006 Doha Asiad and silver in the same event at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Pinki had bagged three gold medals in the 2006 SAF Games in Colombo when she won the 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay events.

A PIL was moved in the Calcutta High Court on July 6 alleging inhuman torture on the athlete. The court has directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit within two weeks on the progress of the investigation.

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission has also stepped in and directed the Home, Health and Police departments to inquire into the allegations of `torture` on the athlete in police and jail custody.