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Porn Content Case: Raj Kundra released from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail

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Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra was on Tuesday released from jail after nearly two months of his arrest for allegedly producing and distributing pornographic content.

Notably, a Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Mumbai granted bail to Raj Kundra and the IT head of one of his firms, Ryan Thorpe, on Monday.

The businessman was released from the Arthur Road jail after 11.30 am, according to jail officials. He was behind bars since his arrest on July 19.

After Kundra was granted bail, Shilpa Shetty had shared a quote by Chinese-American modernist architect Roger Lee. “Rainbows exist to prove that beautiful things can happen after a bad storm,” she wrote, without specifying.

Kundra had on Saturday requested bail arguing that he was being made a “scapegoat” and that there was no evidence in the charge sheet that he was actively involved in creating porn content.

Last week, the Mumbai Police had filed a 1,400-page charge sheet in court listing charges against the businessman, who has been married to Shilpa Shetty since 2009.

Raj Kundra’s arguments in court

The counsel for Raj Kundra, Prashant Patil, contended before the court that the celebrity and producer decide what kind of content is to be uploaded on the platform.

“It was not Kundra or Ryan who were deciding what was to be uploaded. In the 1400-page chargesheet, there is not a single piece of evidence showing that Kundra was uploading,” said Patil.

On the contrary, the prosecution vehemently opposed the bail plea saying that Kundra is a powerful man and releasing him on bail could result in evidence tampering.

Case against Raj Kundra

In July, Raj Kundra and Ryan Thorpe were arrested by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch for allegedly producing and distributing pornographic content. The issue came to light in February this year during a raid at a bungalow in Mumbai’s Madh area. During the raid, police found that pornographic content was shot inside the bungalow.

A detailed probe into the incident resulted in the arrest of Umesh Kamat, an associate of Kundra. Eventually, Mumbai Police also formed a special investigating team (SIT) under an ACP-level officer to probe all cases with links to the alleged pornography racket.

Later, four employees of Raj Kundra’s company—Viaan—also joined the probe as witnesses. Officials familiar with the case say Raj Kundra oversaw the production of nearly 100 pornographic movies that were sent to the United Kingdom and uploaded on the Hotshots app owned by one of Kundra’s firms.

 

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