Just days after DJ Ivans was arrested at a fashion event in Kochi for possessing ganja, a new controversy has been brewing over the legitimacy of the event itself.
Sections of Kerala media had tagged the event as immoral saying that some of the models were bikini clad.
However in a surprise turn of events, the organizers of the event filed a complaint at Mulavukad police station on Tuesday, alleging that two journalists barged into the dressing room at the night of the event.
They claim that journalists of a popular regional television channel and a web portal also recorded semi-nude visuals of the models, before recording the show and reporting in a derogatory manner.
A fashion show event âMansoon Nite 2â was organized by Aquarius events management company on Friday night in a popular resort in Kochi. After the organizers demanded that the journalists leave the dressing room, shadow police seized 5 grams of ganja from DJ Ivan. He was arrested and charged under NDPS Act, along with the owner of the resort, the police said.
Diya Sana, one of the organizers of the show alleged that they had obtained the requisite permission from the local police a few days before the event.
âTheir only demand was that alcohol and drugs shall not be used. We let the 150-odd guests in after thorough checking,â Sana points out.
Though the organizers did not object to Ivanâs arrest, they allege that the local police and a section of media has deliberately maligned their reputation.
Sana claims that the police conducted raids at her residence and that of other organizers a day after they arrested Ivan.
âWe donât understand why the police would do that. The only illegal part was Ivan possessing ganja and we do realize it is illegal. We ourselves asked the police to arrest him,â Sana says.
Abeal Robin, designer of the beach-themed costumes is reported to have said that the raid at the event was planned by malicious forces who dread his success.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Rehena Fathima, another organizer dismissed rumours of her arrest. She also recounted the events of the night.
Since the event management company was founded in 2012, the group has been hosting shows across Kerala.
Mulavukad police confirmed that they have received a complaint against two journalists and that they will carry out inquiry in this regard.