Businessman Raj Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was remanded in police custody till July 23 for his alleged involvement in making and selling pornographic material. It is alleged that the 45-year-old businessman was involved in the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps. The police also claimed there were several WhatsApp chats that showed that he was involved in the financial dealings of apps and their contents.
What is the case all about?
In February this year, five people were taken into custody for allegedly forcing women into porn movies. It was alleged that the accused promised to cast the actors in web series and on the day of the shoot, which would take place at a rented bungalow on the outskirts of Mumbai, they would change the script completely and threaten them to expose themselves in front of the camera.
Following the shoot, the accused made the videos available on mobile apps and offered subscriptions. Not just that, they would also put up advertisements on social media platforms.
Investigation revealed that some of these production houses would upload content from servers outside India. One of them was a UK production house, whose executive Umesk Kamat was arrested. A link between Kundra and Kamat was found, which landed the former in trouble.
After Kundra's arrest, police alleged that the accused persons "made profits in lakhs in this illegal business of making pornographic films and uploading the same via some mobile apps for which subscription fees is taken from viewers".
The police further said that the pornographic content was uploaded on an app 'HotShots' that was developed by Arms Prime Pvt Ltd, a company is owned by Kundra.
Kundra has been booked under Indian Penal Code 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.