Raj Kundra remanded to police custody till July 27 in porn film case

 Mumbai Court extends businessman Raj Kundra’s police custody till July 27 in porn film case.



Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested on July 19 by the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police, after he was booked for making and sale of obscene material under the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

Kundra was booked under Sections 292, 293 (sale of obscene material) under the Indian Penal Code, Sections 67, 67A (transmission of sexually explicit material) under the Information Technology Act and provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

Inspector Kiran Bidve, who is the investigating officer of the case, got into the witness box and sought Kundra and co-accused Ryan Thorpe’s custody for seven more days.

RECOVERY FROM RAIDS

After his arrest, the police conducted searches at his office and residence on July 20. During the search, police recovered three SAN boxes containing 24 hard disks each and eight servers, containing 4 hard disks each. This is being analyzed by experts. The police have so far found 51 obscene videos in this storage solution.

Cops also had seized Kundra’s mobile phone where they found several chats with Pradeep Baksi, owner of Kenrine pvt Ltd. In his conversation, police found a list of a total of 119 movies. The movies were to be sold to a company for 1.2 million dollars. During one of his conversations with a man, Kundra had projected that he was a partner in Kenrine Pvt Ltd.

HOW BUSINESSES WERE RUN

The company had created another application in January 2021 by the name Bollyfame. The app was made on the instruction of Kundra by the IT head Ryan Thorpe. The App was created after Youtube, Google Playstore and Apple store discontinued the HotShots app.

MONEY TRAIL

The police found huge inflow of money in the accounts of accused from international accounts in dollars and pounds, which are being analysed. The agency claimed much of the money is from a bank account of African company by the name Mercury International. The police suspect that the money earned through HotShots App was laundered through this African company or he was involved in an online betting racket.

Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda, appearing for Kundra, reiterated his arguments that custody was being sought in offences which were majorly bailable except for two non-bailable offences.

He argued that the non-bailable offences alleged were Section 67A of the Information Technology Act and Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code, provided for explicit sexual act, which was not found in the evidence against Kundra.

He reiterated that if a summons was issued to Kundra, he would have co-operated.

After hearing both parties at length, the court at Esplanade remanded Kundra to police custody.

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