Smriti Irani spots hidden camera in trial room of Goa FabIndia store, FIR registeredNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, union minister Smriti Irani today spotted a hidden camera in the trial room of a FabIndia store in Goa.The minister immediately raised an alarm following which an FIR was
New Delhi: In a shocking incident, union minister Smriti Irani today spotted a hidden camera in the trial room of a FabIndia store in Goa.
The minister immediately raised an alarm following which an FIR was lodged on charges of ‘outraging the modesty of a woman.' The police have also seized the hard disks and the camera.
It was the local BJP MLA Michael Lobo who lodged the FIR on behalf of the minister.
Lobo told India TV that Ms Irani selected some clothes and entered the trial room when she spotted the camera. "She immediately alerted her husband Zubin Irani, and then called me," Mr Lobo said.
The MLA said that the camera was pointed in a way that covered the entire changing room and was not easily visible. The MLA also said the cameras were installed for last four months and many women have been recorded while changing their clothes.
Condemning the incident, the MLA expressed his deep concern over the issue.
Police is investigating to find out who had positioned the camera in the changing room.
Smriti Irani is presently in Goa with her family for a holiday.
“When we went switched on the camera, the entire video was recorded... This is mischief... Somebody has been watching the recordings,” the MLA said.
Footage from the camera, installed four months ago according to staff at the store, was being recorded in a computer in the manager's office, Lobo said, confirming that it held many recordings of people changing in the trial room.
Calangute police, which searched the showroom after a complaint by Lobo, found a CCTV camera installed in the ventilation unit of the room.
Gaonkar said police have recorded statement of Irani. “Irani's statement has been recorded as a victim, along with another woman who had entered the room earlier,” he said.
Police have already sealed the shop and is inspecting the showroom.
A case has been filed under section 354 C (voyeurism) and 509 (intrusion into privacy) of Indian Penal Code against employees who were monitoring the cameras. We are analysing the entire data,” the SP said.
Gaonkar said that police have formed special team to inspect all the showrooms in the coastal belt to ensure that there are no CCTV cameras installed in changing rooms. He said instructions will also be issued to all the police stations to form teams and inspect the changing rooms in their respective areas.
In Bangalore, Goa Chief MinisterLaxmikant Parsekar said, “Right now I'm in Bangalore for National Executive meet but I have been gieven to understand that Madam Smriti Irani had gone to Goa, and during her stay in Goa probably she went for some purchases in shop by name FabIndia.
“Suo moto case has been registered against the concerned person. We will take stringent action. Don't worry we will take stringent action, case has been registered against the culprit. Through investigation would be done and the culprit will be taken to task.”
“I spoke to the police officer over there. It was reported that she had gone for changing of clothes and immediately she noticed that there was one hole in the room and beyond the hole one camera was hanging, so immediately came and complained. It was verified, it was confiscated, it was learned that it was functioning and case has been registered against the manager and the staff,” he said.