Cops and anti-piracy officials raided the shop at Oberoi shopping centre, after duped customers complained to the luxury brand’s headquarters in Paris.
The last thing one would expect while shopping for branded bags at a five-star hotel is a fake product. Yet, that’s what happened to many customers who bought uber-expensive Louis Vuitton bags at a store in the Oberoi Hotel premises at Nariman Point. On Thursday, Marine Drive police raided the store, called Elegant, in the hotel’s shopping centre and seized fake products that were branded as Louis Vuitton.
A total of 62 bags worth Rs 4,47000 have been seized and two people have been arrested.
After many customers complained to the LV headquarters in Paris, they roped in Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR) in India to get to the bottom of the matter. EIPR officials then alerted the cops who conducted the raid. The Police have arrested two accused, Ghanshyam Kahar, 47, and Hariprasad Jaiswal, 43, the owners of the shop.
Rather remarkably, not only did they sell these fake products, but also manufactured them in a loft at the store. Officials seized monogrammed raw material, which was used to make the fake bags, clutches, belts and wallets. “We found rolls of fake Louis Vuitton raw material and lining material. We had instructions from the Louis Vuitton company to check these products and investigate the matter,” said a spokesperson of EIPR.
EIPR, an anti-piracy body that specialises in conducting such raids, sent teams to the shop to check the allegations. They even sent dummy customers and purchased a few of the products.
After confirming the quality and the standard of the products, they sent a report of their findings to the LV headquarters. After receiving a go-ahead they informed the local police station, who conducted a raid on the shop.
DCP Manoj Kumar Sharma (Zone 1) told Mirror, “The shop was selling fake LV products and a raid was conducted according to the information received. Two accused have been arrested under Sections 51 and 63 of the India Copyright Act and investigations are on.”
An official from The Oberoi Hotel confirmed the raids but added, “These are independent shops and the hotel has nothing to do with it.”