PANAJI: A conditional bail was granted to all the four Fabindia employees arrested after the Union minister Smriti Irani who was filmed while she was trying out some clothes at an outlet in Candolim spotted the camera fitted in the trial room.
The HRD minister had reported voyeurism to Goa police following which an FIR was registered and the outlet was sealed.
The Goa court while granting bail to the employees on a surety amount of Rs 5,000 said that no ground was made for custodial interrogation.
The court held that the grounds for requirement of custodial questioning were not made specific by the investigation officer.
However, the court has ordered all four not to leave the state or tamper with evidence.
Identified as Paresh Bhagat, Raju Payanche, Prashant Naik and Karim Lakhani, the group was were booked under IPC Sections 354 C (voyeurism), 509 (intrusion into privacy) and also IT Act’s 66E (capturing, publishing image of private area of any person without his/her consent)
In a related development, the store manager of the Fabindia, Candolim has approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case.
The top officials of Fabindia are likely to be questioned by the Goa Police in connection with the case.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar commenting on the case said, “It’s a very unfortunate incident and we need to find out if the act that happened is intentional, purposeful or unknowingly because such cameras are often displayed in shops.”