Raj Kundra porn case: Shilpa Shetty’s husband used links to a British company run by his brother-in-law, police say

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Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty.
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A day after Mumbai police arrested Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, for allegedly producing and streaming pornographic films online, industry insiders are still reeling from the explosive nature of the case.

Mumbai Police claimed that Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi were running an international porn racket through their content production companies in India and the UK.

Kundra is the owner of Viayan Industries Limited, while Bakshi – a British national married to Kundra’s sister – is the president of Kenren Limited in London.

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Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty
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Mumbai’s Joint Police (Crime) Commissioner Milind Parambe said the two companies have a mobile app called “HotShots Digital Entertainment”, developed by Kenrin Ltd. Although the company is registered in London, the content creation, application operation and accounting were done through Vian Industries of Kundra.

HotShots is described as “the world’s first over 18 app” to feature photos and videos of models and celebrities.

“The free-to-download app has been pulled by both Apple and Google Playstore for its type of content. Mumbai Police have recovered incriminating evidence such as various HotShot movies, videos, WhatsApp chats, etc. during the investigation.”

Police said on July 20 that the 45-year-old businessman was the “principal conspirator” in a case involving the creation and dissemination of adult films via the apps. Here’s what we also know about the issue so far:

What is the case against Raj Kundra?

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A police escort has arrested the husband of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty Raj Kundra (left) for allegedly producing and broadcasting pornographic films online, in Mumbai on July 20, 2021.
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Kundra was arrested late on Monday on charges of making and publishing pornographic content and spreading it through mobile applications. Police Commissioner Hemant Nagril announced the arrest of Kundra based on a case registered in February.

“There was a case registered with the Mumbai Crime Branch in February 2021 about creating and disseminating pornographic films via some apps. We have arrested Mr. Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the main conspirator in it,” the Police Commissioner said in a statement. “We have enough evidence about that.”

The case was registered on February 4 at Malwani Police Station on the outskirts of Mumbai.

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Another official said the FIR was filed against Kundra after a woman approached the police and made certain allegations in her complaint.

“We will investigate the case against Raj Kundra and find out if there is any link between this and the porn cases we previously registered,” the official said.

Kundra is booked under IPC sections 420 (fraud), 34 (common intent), 292 and 293 (relating to obscene and indecent advertisements and presentations), relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, he said.

At least 11 people have been arrested in the case, including Kundra and his IT partner Ryan Thorpe. The Mumbai Magistrates Court had returned them to police custody until 23 July.

India has strict laws against the publication and transmission of “obscene material”.

Shilpa Shetty’s involvement

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra

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In a press conference on Monday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Milind Parambe, said the police had not yet been able to find any active role for Shilpa Shetty in the case.

Last February, the Mumbai crime branch registered a case involving pornographic films. New actors were promised roles in web series and short stories and were asked to do bold and nude scenes in auditions. The actresses opposed this and went to the crime branch on the basis of which the case was registered. During the investigation, nine defendants were arrested. Some people get so hard on movies like this.”

“A man named Umesh Kamat who was handling India operations for Raj Kundra Trading Company has been arrested,” he said.

We couldn’t find any active role [of Shilpa Shetty] Until now. We are investigating. We will appeal to the victims to come forward and contact the Mumbai crime branch and will take appropriate action.”

Time of India reported that the actress “may be called by police to register a statement sometime soon”.

Kundra has two children with Shetty, who is known to be the 2007 winner of the British reality show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ apart from her Bollywood roles.

celebrity reactions

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Bollywood Actress Kangana Ranaut.
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Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday shared her views on Kundra’s arrest and reiterated her disdain for the Hindi film industry.

“That is why I call the film industry a gutter… All that shine is not gold, I will reveal it under Bullywood’s belly in my next production called Tiku weds Sheru… We need a strong value system, a conscience in the creative industry and of course a whip.”

After actor Susanth Singh Rajput committed suicide in June 2020, Ranaut criticized Bollywood’s power brokers and alleged misconduct in the industry.

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However, singer Mika Singh had positive things to say about Kundra.

While talking to photographers in Mumbai, he described Kundra as a “lovable guy”. He added that while he was not familiar with the app in question, he had seen one of the other Raj apps. “Whatever happens, it will be for good. I don’t have much knowledge about his application. I saw one of his applications and it was simple, and there was nothing in it,” Singh said in Hindi. “I think he is a nice guy, Raj Kundra. The court will decide what is right and what is wrong.”

YouTube says Kundra called her

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Youtube Punnett Kor
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YouTuber Puneet Kaur alleged that Kundra contacted her via direct messages on social media for his mobile app, through which the pornographic content he produced was posted.

The YouTuber said that after receiving a message from Kundra she couldn’t believe he was actually the one who sent her that message and thought it might be spam.

“Brooooo you OGS Do you remember the verified DM video where he called me for Hotshots?” Kaur wrote on her Instagram story in response to a news article about Kondra playing a key role in creating the Hotshots app.

With input from agencies



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