Raj Kundra, brought to property Cell Unit of Crime Branch office, after being produce Esplanade Court in Mumbai on Tuesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Raj Kundra, brought to property Cell Unit of Crime Branch office, after being produce Esplanade Court in Mumbai on Tuesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)

Raj Kundra, arrested in porn films case, sent to police custody till July 23

Raj Kundra, the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested later on Monday along with 11 other people. The police have claimed that the businessman made money by taking subscription fees from the users of apps where pornographic content was uploaded.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2021 04:59 PM IST

A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent businessman Raj Kundra, arrested in a case related to alleged creation of pornographic films, to police custody till July 23. Kundra, the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the Mumbai Police late on Monday along with 11 other people.

The case involves alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.

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The crime branch of the Mumbai Police claimed before the Esplanade Court that Kundra was making financial gains through this illegal business by taking subscription fees from the users of these apps. They also said that there are several WhatsApp chats that revealed Kundra (45) was involved in the financial dealings of the app and its contents.

Watch: What police said on case against Raj Kundra


Kundra has been named as the key conspirator by the police in the case and booked under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

The police also claimed that three women have come forward with complaints in the case, saying they were "forced to act in pornographic movies", adding that the accused took advantage of struggling models, actors and other workers.

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Kundra's lawyer Aabad Ponda and advocate Subhash Jadhav opposed the police's plea for remand and said the investigation into the case can be carried out without custodial interrogation. Ponda argued that the police ought to have issued summons to Kundra first and recorded his statement, instead of arresting him directly in the case that was registered in February this year.

Another person, identified as Ryan Thorpe, was arrested on Tuesday. He was working on a senior position with an app firm, the police said.

This is the second case that Kundra faces in connection with alleged creation of pornographic content. He had applied for anticipatory bail last month in connection with a case registered earlier by the Maharashtra cyber police in 2020. In that case also, the cyber police had registered an FIR against various platforms, which, they alleged, were involved in showcasing pornographic content. The sessions court is yet to hear the anticipatory bail plea.

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