A Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Mumbai on Monday granted bail to actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra in connection with the pornographic content case. Apart from Raj Kundra, the IT head of one of his firms, Ryan Thorpe, was also granted bail by the court.
Raj 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.
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.
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.
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.
The police have already filed a 1400-page chargesheet in the case.
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