Actor Shilpa Shetty's millionaire businessman husband Raj Kundra was arrested on Monday by the property cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch in connection with a pornography racket that the police busted in February. The police have arrested 9 people so far in the case.
Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale issued a statement on Monday on Kundra’s arrest which said, “There was a case registered with Crime Branch Mumbai in February 2021 about the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some Apps. We’ve arrested Mr Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the key conspirator of this.”
Here's a quick look at what the case is about, those arrested so far, and the alleged role of the main actors:
What is the case about?
A racket of making and publishing pornographic content came to light in February this year when a woman approached the Mumbai Police alleging that Raj Kundra and others were luring young women and men with offers of roles in web series and short films and then forcing them to act in porn films instead.
What is Raj Kundra accused of?
Police say Raj Kundra "appears to be the key conspirator" in the racket and allege that he was involved in creating pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.
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Who all have been arrested?
Apart from Raj Kundra, those arrested in the case include his aide Ryan Thorpe, a producer-director Rowa Khan alias Yasmeen, photographer Monu Sharma, creative director Pratibha Nalawade, and two actors, Arish Shaikh and Bhanu Thakur. The police had earlier also arrested Gehana Vashisht, an actress and model, and Umesh Kamat, who claims that he worked for Kundra.
Who is Umesh Kamat?
Umesh Kamat claimed in his statement to police that he used to work in one of Raj Kundra's companies. Umesh Kamat lives in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, and his name cropped up during the interrogation of Gehana Vashisht, who was arrested on February 6, two days after the case was registered.
What was Umesh Kamat's alleged role?
According to the police, Umesh Kamat worked for a UK-based firm as a coordinator. They alleged he sourced porn videos from Gehana Vasisth and sent them to the UK-based firm, which uploaded them on an app called ‘hotshots’.
What is Gehana Vashisht accused of?
Gehana Vasisth has been accused by the police of involvement in producing and uploading porn on a mobile app, hindustantimes.com reports.
What was Rowa Khan's alleged role?
The police allege that Rowa Khan ran the mobile application ‘HotHit Movies,’ where the porn videos were uploaded, the website said