Camera In Changing Room: Fabindia Cannot Be Blamed, Says Goa CM

06/04/2015 4:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
India’s ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA's of the state of Goa Michael Lobo, left, and Pramod Sawant stand outside a "Fabindia" showroom in Candolim, India, Friday, April 3, 2015. Police are investigating Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani's complaint that the niche boutique in the southwestern resort of Goa had a closed-circuit TV looking into a changing room where she was trying out clothes. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

PANAJI — Under fire over the voyeurism charge, Fabindia today got the backing of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar who said the company cannot be blamed for the mischief played by some employees at its store, where Union Minister Smriti Irani spotted a camera facing the trial room.

"Fabindia is supposed to be a reputed company. I personally feel that it must not be the company's fault but mischief played by its staff members. Some womanisers must have done that," Parsekar told reporters here.

In a related development, Fabindia's Candolim store manager Chaitrali Sawant was today granted anticipatory bail by a district court in Mapusa town near here in connection with the case.

Parsekar said, "Smritiji was VIP and because of that cognisance has been promptly taken. We will see that such things don't occur again. It is a lesson for everybody."

He said Goa is safe for all women tourists and this is an isolated incident.

Asked if changing rooms of all garment shops would be inspected across Goa, Parsekar said it is up to the police to decide on that.

"I have not issued any directions to check the changing rooms. If police do that then there might be allegations of extortion," he added.

The voyeurism case was filed against the outlet's staff after Irani, who visited the Fabindia store at Candolim on Friday, alleged that it had a CCTV camera focusing at the trial room.

Sawant, who had been untraceable after the incident, had moved the court for anticipatory bail through her lawyer on Saturday.

The court, while granting the bail, asked Sawant to be present before the investigating officers for two days (today and tomorrow) as part of the probe in the case.

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