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Charge sheet filed against Fabindia employees in Smriti Irani voyeurism case

Goa Police have filed a charge sheet against four employees of Fabindia in connection with the voyeurism case filed against them after Union Minister Smriti Irani alleged that the store had a CCTV camera in the trial room.

Goa Police SP (Crime Branch) Karthik Kashyap said on September 10 that the charge sheet was filed a month ago before the Judicial Magistrate First Class court at Mapusa in North Goa.

Paresh Bhagat, Prashant Naik, Karim Lakhani and Raju Payancha, all of them in-charge of sections at the Fabindia store have been named in the charge sheet. They were arrested and later released on bail.

Crime Branch officials, however, said that Fabindia MD William Bissel and CEO Subrata Dutta have not been named in the charge sheet.

The charge sheet has been filed under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354C (voyeurism), 509 (intruding privacy) of the IPC and 66E (punishment for violation of privacy) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

On April 3, 2015, a case of alleged voyeurism came to light at the Fabindia outlet in Goa’s Candolim after Ms. Irani raised an alarm over a CCTV camera in the trial room.

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