Smriti Irani spots hidden camera at Fabindia store: Goa court grants bail to all 4 accused

After Smriti Irani spotted a CCTV camera in the changing room of a Fabindia store in Goa, she registered a complaint claiming the management intentionally focused the camera at the changing room to capture images of those going inside to try on clothes.

FP Staff April 04, 2015 17:54:29 IST
Smriti Irani spots hidden camera at Fabindia store: Goa court grants bail to all 4 accused

After Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani spotted a CCTV camera in the changing room of a Fabindia store in Goa, she registered a complaint claiming the management intentionally focused the camera at the changing room to capture images of those going inside to try on clothes.

According to TV reports, all four employees of Fab India who were previously arrested have now been granted bail. The store manager in Goa moved court for anticipatory bail earlier on Saturday.

Smriti Irani spots hidden camera at Fabindia store Goa court grants bail to all 4 accused

Smriti Irani. Image by PTI.

Firstpost had earlier reported that the four employees of the Fabindia store in the upscale beach village of Candolim - Karim Lakhani, Prashant Naik, Raju Panche and Paresh Bhagat - were arrested by the Crime Branch late on Friday, several hours after Irani claimed to have spotted a CCTV camera outside the trial room.

"There could be a larger conspiracy involving the managers. But we do suspect that this could be a mischief of the staff," BJP MLA Michael Lobo said, in this NDTV report.

Meanwhile, the police have recorded Irani’s statement and are making progress.

"We have arrested four staffers under section 354 of the IPC and certain sections of the Information Technology Act, 1995. The four have been arrested for installing a camera at a hidden location," Sunil Garg, Inspector General of Police, Goa, said according to this Indian Express report.

According to Mayabhushan Nagvenkar's report in Firstpost, while the incident occurred at around 12:40 pm, the four staffers were arrested late on Friday evening, after being detained for several hours.

A family member of one of the arrested staffers told Firstpost that the CCTV footage was being monitored by Fabindia’s senior managerial personnel and there was no point in arresting mere sales personnel on duty.

"All the footage is stored and is analysed regularly by senior Fabindia personnel. If there was something wrong in the way the CCTV camera was positioned, they should have corrected it or reprimanded our boys. They are in the wrong too, so why not arrest them too?" a parent of the arrested persons told Firstpost on condition of anonymity.

Police sources also said that all the four arrested persons in their initial statements said that the CCTV camera was positioned in the manner it was, because of several recent shop-lifting incidents, which occurred in the store.

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