Crime branch team inspects FabIndia outlet in Goa

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April 5, 2015

Panaji: Goa Police Crime Branch team on Saturday inspected the FabIndia outlet in Candolim where Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani spotted a CCTV camera overlooking the changing room.

April 5, 2015

Panaji: Goa Police Crime Branch team on Saturday inspected the FabIndia outlet in Candolim where Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani spotted a CCTV camera overlooking the changing room.

BJP National Executive and Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani allegedly spotting a camera at Fabindia's changing room in Goa

Police officials took fingerprints and the person who set up the CCTV system was also present during the inspection. The Crime Branch will also be inspecting other FabIndia outlets in Goa.

SP of Goa Crime Branch Kartik Kashyap said, "The camera was pointing towards the trial room. We have recorded the evidences. We will be recording more statements."

The company on Saturday had said "there were no hidden cameras anywhere in the store, including the trial rooms."

"At the outset, we would like to convey our apologies to the Honourable Minister Smriti Irani for the inconvenience that has been inadvertently caused."

"The camera in question at Condolim-Goa store was a part of the surveillance system at the store and was installed in the shopping area. There were no hidden cameras anywhere in the store, including the trial rooms. These cameras are in full public view and the fact that surveillance cameras are installed is prominently displayed in all the stores," Fabindia said in a statement.

The company claimed that installation of CCTV camera is a standard retail practice employed across the industry as a surveillance and security measure and that several other stores have been checked since yesterday by the police and no imperfections in placement of cameras have been found.

"Fabindia is a women-centric organization and 70 per cent of its workforce is women across the country and the globe. We highly value the dignity of women and stand for it. Customer is supreme for us."

"All of us, including our staff and store manager, are co-operating fully with the police in every way possible so that the matter is investigated and reaches its logical conclusion. If mischief has been done by anyone, such person should be punished as per law," it added.

Fabindia said the company has also appointed an investigation team comprising three senior women executives/ women of repute to look into the matter.

All four employees of a Fabindia arrested and charged with voyeurism after were on Saturday granted bail by a local court which said police had made no ground for their custodial interrogation.

The four arrested include the store manager, assistant manager and a staff member. The top bosses at Fabindia are also likely to be questioned.


Courtesy: IBN

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