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Raj Kundra pornography case handed over to Property Cell of Mumbai Police Crime Branch

Raj Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the crime branch on July 19 in a case related to the alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through apps.

July 29, 2021 / 01:37 PM IST
Raj Kundra and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.

Raj Kundra and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.


The case registered against three producers of Raj Kundra and actor Gehana Vasisth was handed over to the Property Cell of Mumbai Police Crime Branch, Mumbai Police said on July 29.

The case was registered by the crime branch's property cell at Malwani police station after an actress approached the police and alleged she was forced to shoot for a pornographic film for the HotShots app.

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Raj Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the crime branch on July 19 in a case related to the alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through apps.

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The 45-year-old businessman, who was on July 27 remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, earned at least Rs 1.17 crore between August and December last year from his business of production and online distribution of porn films, the police had told a magistrate's court.

The police claimed that during their probe, it was found Kundra set up Armsprime Media Pvt Ltd, which, through London-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, bought the 'Hotshots' app to upload objectionable videos on social media.

They had also said Kundra earned over Rs 1.17 crore between August and December last year by uploading pornographic content online through Hotshots.

The police claimed to have found 51 obscene videos - 35 with Hotshots logo and 16 with BollyFame logo, during searches at the office of the accused.

Kundra has contended that the films made by him, which the police claimed to be pornographic, did not depict direct or explicit sexual acts.

The Malwani police had filed FIRs on the basis of complaints received from two women, while another woman had submitted a complaint at the Lonavala police station, around 120 km from Mumbai.

The First Information Report (FIR) was registered under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 420 (cheating), 392 (punishment for robbery), 393 (attempt to commit robbery), and provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and the Information Technology Act, as per a PTI report.
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first published: Jul 29, 2021 01:37 pm
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