Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday defended Fabindia’s top management in the hidden camera episode.
He said “if some outlet in Goa shifted CCTV camera focus, the top management of Fabindia shouldn’t be harassed.”
Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to praise the brand for its work in promoting village industry products.
According to reports the Managing Director and CEO of Fabindia are likely to join investigations on Tuesday. The Goa Police has sent summons to 11 employees of the clothing giant including regional managers, directors and other staff members.
Anticipatory bail was granted to Fabindia’s Candolim store manager Chaitrali Sawant by a district court in Mapusa town near Panaji on Monday.
The voyeurism case was filed against the outlet’s staff after Union HRD Minister Smriti 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, moved the court for anticipatory bail through her lawyer on Saturday.
After Irani alleged that the Fabindia store at Candolim had a CCTV camera focusing at the trial room, four employees of the outlet — Paresh Bhagat, Raju Payanche, Prashant Naik and Karim Lakhani — were arrested and booked under IPC sections 354C (voyeurism), 509 (intrusion into privacy) and IT Act’s section 66E (capturing, publishing image of private area of any person?without his/her consent).
However, they were later granted bail by a local court which said that police had made out no grounds for custodial interrogation.
Fabindia has also denied that it had placed hidden cameras in any of its stores.
According to a statement issued by Fabindia earlier, the camera in question at Candolim store was part of the surveillance system and was installed in the shopping area.