Last week, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's husband and businessman Raj Kundra secured bail at a surety of Rs 50,000 after spending 60 days in jail after he was arrested by the police in connection to pornography racket case. As the actress continues to be in news, an old video of her has resurfaced on the Internet. The video is of an old press conference when Shilpa was seen shutting down a journalist who questioned the actress about her husband amidst a legal battle against gutka barons son and actor Sachin Joshi in an alleged gold case.
"Main Raj Kundra hoon? Main uske jaisi lagti hoon? Nahi nahi, main kaun hoon (Am I Raj Kundra? Do I look like him? Who am I)?” the actress said in the viral video
“I really believe as a celebrity you should never complain and you should never explain. Yeh meri zindagi ki philosophy rahi hai (This has been my life’s philosophy),” she added.
The video has resurfaced amidst Raj Kundra's name being connected to a pornography racket. Earlier, the Bollywood actress informed Mumbai Police that she remained too tied up in her work to know the porn apps or other activities of her husband Raj Kundra. Shilpa stated that Kundra had launched Viaan Industries Ltd around April 2015 and she was on the board till July 2020 when she quit owing to personal reasons, as stated in the charge sheet filed by the police against Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe.
According to the police probe, Kundra allegedly used his company's Mumbai offices to manage the daily operations of the sleaze content racket and upload it through the HotShots and Bollyfame apps for paid viewers.
The nearly 1,500-page charge sheet also contains details of the investigations and the evidence collected against the 11 accused arrested till date, plus two others wanted accused in the same case, Kundra's brother-in-law Sandeep Bakshi and Yash Thakur - to show how the entire paid sleaze content racket was being run.
The police during its raid on Kundra's homes on July 23 and the Viaan offices in Andheri on July 24, had seized incriminating documents, laptops, portable hard-disks, and also recovered a laptop from Thorpe.
All the electronic devices were subjected to various forensic tests to gather further evidence pertaining to the sensational case.
Besides Shilpa, the police have recorded the statements, including some before a magistrate, of at least 42 other witnesses, including models, films or television actresses, against Kundra and Thorpe.
The smut racket was exposed after the Malad police raided a bungalow in Madh Island in February, the subsequent nabbing of 9 accused, and finally the arrest of Kundra and Thorpe on July 19, shocking the entertainment industry.
-- with inputs from IANS