Businessman Raj Kundra was extremely emotional as he was released from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai on Tuesday. Kundra, the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was granted bail by a Mumbai court the previous day in connection with a pornography case in which he was arrested on July 19. Kundra walked out of the jail after changing into a fresh pair of clothes and applying a teeka (vermilion mark) on his forehead, according to a media report. He was escorted to a car by a close aide of Shetty, and headed home in his Mercedes, which had been parked at a distance. “Raj was extremely emotional when he stepped out and was in tears,” ETimes quoted a source as saying.
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Kundra was released from jail after 11.30 am after Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SB Bhajipale on Monday allowed his bail application for a bond of INR50,000, PTI reported.
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Ryan Thorpe, a co-accused in the case, was also granted bail by the court in the case. Thorpe and Kundra are accused of creating and disseminating pornographic material through mobile apps.
46-year-old Kundra has been charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.
He moved a bail plea before the metropolitan magistrate court on September 18 after the Crime Branch of Mumbai police filed a supplementary 1500-page charge-sheet in the case.
Kundra’s counsel has argued that the prosecution had failed to produce any evidence till date that would connect ‘Hotshots‘, an app developed by the Kundra-owned Arms Prime Pvt Ltd, with an offence under law. While the police claim ‘Hotshots’ was being used by accused for uploading and streaming pornographic material, Kundra has cited lack of evidence of him being “actively” involved in creation of the content.
The crime branch, in their supplementary charge-sheet filed on September 15, have claimed Kundra was the “main facilitator” in the case and he along with other accused exploited young women struggling in the movie industry by filming them in obscene ways.
The charge-sheet also mentions Yash Thakur, a resident of Singapore, and London-based Pardeep Bakshi, as wanted accused in the case.