Businessman and Shilpa Shetty`s husband Raj Kundra, who was arrested by the Crime Branch on July 19, has been sent to the police custody till July 23.
Raj was arrested in a case relating to creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.
Confirming Raj’s arrest, in a press statement, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale on Monday said, “There was a case registered with Crime Branch Mumbai in February 2021 about creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some Apps. We’ve arrested Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the key conspirator of this. We have sufficient evidence regarding this.”
An FIR was registered against Raj Kundra after a woman approached police in the month of February 2021 and made certain allegations. The case was later on transferred to the Crime Branch following which, the arrest was made. Kundra was booked under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays), and relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.
Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Milind Bharambe on Raj Kundra:
During our investigation, it was found that small actors were lured on the pretext of getting them parts in web shows. They were asked to shoot bold scenes, which turned into semi-nude and nude sequences against their wishes. We have arrested producers such as Umesh Kamat, who looks after the India operations for Raj Kundra. The content creation and operations of ‘Hotshots’ app were carried out through a company named Viaan. While raiding the premises of the company we found evidence, on basis of which we arrested Raj Kundra. We have not been able to any find any active role of Shilpa Shetty yet. The case is currently under investigation. We appeal to the victims to come forward and contact the Crime Branch Mumbai. We’ll take appropriate action.