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

A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra along with his complice, Ryan Tharp to police custody till 23 July. Kundra was arrested by Mumbai police on Monday in a case related to alleged creation of pornographic films along with 11 other people.

Ryan Thorpe, working on a senior position with an app firm, was arrested on Tuesday. The case includes alleged creation of pornographic films and broadcasting them through some apps.

The crime branch of the Mumbai Police produced Kundra before the Esplanade Court, claiming that he was making financial gains through this illegal business by taking subscription fees from the users of these apps.

Several WhatsApp chats disclosed that Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband Kundra was involved in the financial dealings of the app and its contents.

The Mumbai police have named
Kundra (45) as the key conspirator in the case and booked him under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays), besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

The police have claimed that three women have come forward, saying they were “forced to act in pornographic movies”, adding that the accused took advantage of struggling models, actors and other workers and forced them to work.

Kundra’s lawyer Aabad Ponda and advocate Subhash Jadhav have opposed the police’s plea for remand. They said that 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, rather then arresting him directly in the case, registered in February this year.

This is the second case that Raj Kundra faces allegations of creation of pornographic content. Last month, he had applied for anticipatory bail in connection with a case lodged by the Maharashtra cyber police in last year. The cyber police in that case also had lodged an FIR against several platforms, which, they alleged, were involved in displaying pornographic content. But the sessions court is yet to hear the anticipatory bail plea of Kundra.

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