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Just a slip on the ramp, agree police

The concerned models said the incident was an unintentional accident.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 01:02 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A Mumbai Police probe into 'wardrobe malfunction' at Lakme Fashion Week has given a clean chit to dress designers and organisers.

The concerned models on Tuesday told police that the incident was an "unintentional accident" and was blown out of proportion.

Models Carol Gracias and Gauhar Khan, who faced some embarrassing moments at the recently concluded fashion week after their clothes slipped off on the ramp, told police that they did not find anybody responsible for the incident and did not wish to seek police intervention, police said.

DCP Sanjay Aparanti of the Social Service Branch of Mumbai Police interrogated the models, dress designers and the show organisers for over 16 hours on Monday night following uproar inside the legislature about the 'show of obscenity' during the Fashion Week.

In his report, DCP Aparanti has said that the incident was an accident, and neither the dress designers nor the show organisers were responsible.

"The dress designers Bennu Sehgall and Lasel Symones were apologetic about the incident," DCP Aparanti said adding the models, dress designers and organisers all feel alike that the issue was blown out of proportion.

The dress designers said that their reputation has been at stake following the incident, and henceforth they would ensure that such instances do not recur, DCP Aparanti said.

The probe came following the announcement by Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister RR Patil on Monday that action will be taken if the incident was found intentional.

After the announcement inside the legislature, Mumbai Police summoned models Carol Gracias and Gauhar Khan, dress designers Bennu Sehgall and Lasel Symones, and show organisers Arjun Iyer (IMG) and Ashok Gupta (Hindustan Lever).

Carol and Gauhar were questioned first to find out if they had complaint against anybody. Subsequently, the DCP asked all to give written replies to a questionnaire consisting of 15 questions.

"We told Carol and Gauhar that if they had complaint against anybody, the entire focus of investigations would change and police would not hesitate to book those guilty," DCP Aparanti said.

However, both models said they did not smell anything fishy, he added.

According to the DCP, the probe would act as a deterrent to show organisers in future, and hoped that organisers henceforth would take necessary steps to ensure that such embarrassment is not repeated.

The Lakme Fashion Show, held in the city last week, was participated by 28 brands, with 38 female and eight male models showcasing the products.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 22:00 IST