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Miss Universe 'violates' rules at Taj Mahal

Agra, Oct 7, 2013, (PTI) : 1:29 IST
: Miss Universe Olivia Culpo in Mumbai. PTI Photo
The local ASI authorities are looking into a complaint that the party accompanying Miss Universe Olivia Culpo during her visit to Taj Mahal allegedly violated rules at the historic monument by advertising a brand of footwear during a photo session.

Culpo was accompanied by fashion designer Sanjana Jon and others to the Taj Mahal last evening.

According to the complaint, as the party came beside the central marble tank, sandals of a particular brand were taken out of the bag by someone in the group.

Culpo donned one of the sandals and held another in her hand, reportedly to advertise them while cameramen accompanying her shot the scene with the Taj in the background, it claimed.

According to a Supreme Court directive, any kind of commercial activity is prohibited in the premises of archaeologically protected monuments.

The complaint said that neither the tourism police nor the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that is responsible for the Taj security stopped the party from doing the act, ASI officials said.

However, ASI's Conservative Assistant, Syed Muuzzar Ali said he was on leave yesterday and came to know about the incident only in the evening.

Prima facie, there has been some lapse on part of the CISF and the tourism police and the matter is being probed, he said.

Miss Universe is in India for 10 days to promote issues such as celebrating the girl child, women empowerment and AIDS awareness across the country.

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