Former skipper of Orissa cricket team Pravanjan Mallick was sent to jail here on Tuesday, a day after police registered a case against him for allegedly assaulting his wife Cini Mohanty. Mallick was arrested late on Monday night hours after Cini lodged an FIR against him at Mahila police here.
The sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) here rejected the bail application of Mallick, who was booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (torture), 323 (assault) and 506 (threaten to kill) of IPC. "We have moved the upper court for bail. The hearing is on Wednesday," Pravanjan's lawyer Raju Khuntia said. In the FIR, Cini alleged Mallick beat her up and threw her out his car near MPG Square on Valentine's Day, a police officer said. Both of them have been staying separately ever since Mallick filed divorce petition nearly a year ago, the police officer added.
Cini on Tuesday softened her stand towards her husband and appealed to the court to grant him bail. Confusion prevailed after lawyer Khuntia said, "Cini filed a petition in court seeking compromise with her husband in amicable manner." But Cini denied it and told TOI, "I simply submitted a written application in court and appealed to grant him bail. I did not file any compromise petition. Nor am I going to withdraw my FIR. Though I do not want him to stay in jail, but I want the case to go on," she said. Pravanjan, who played over 80 first class cricket matches before retiring last year, did not utter a single word over the allegations leveled against him by his wife.