On Friday, Mumbai Police raided actress Shilpa Shetty house and interrogated her regarding her husband Raj Kundra's case. The businessman has been arrested in a case of alleged production and distribution of pornographic films through apps. In her statement, Shilpa claimed that her husband Raj Kundra is innocent and she wasn't aware of the content that went on their app HotShots. She also said that the content was 'erotic; and not 'pornographic,'
According to Mumbai Police Sources, Shilpa Shetty said that 'she has nothing to do with HotShots. She mentioned that erotica is different from porn and her husband Raj Kundra wasn't involved in producing porn content.' Shilpa Shetty also mentioned that it was their "brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi who was involved with the app and its functioning."
The crime branch of Mumbai Police also conducted a search of the house and seized a laptop, the official added. As Shetty was a director of Viaan Industries, Kundra's firm, the police decided to question her. She had later resigned from the post.
Police find hidden cupboard in Raj Kundra's office
In the latest update in the alleged porn films racket, Crime Branch has found a hidden cupboard in actor Shilpa Shetty's husband and businessman Raj Kundra's Viaan and JL Stream office in Mumbai's Andheri during searches in connection with a pornography case, revealed Mumbai Police. Police are also said to have found a locker in Raj Kundra's office, in addition to documents of cryptocurrency. Many documents related to bank transactions have also been found in this locker.
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Singer Anurag Maurya claims he is also a victim of a porn films racket. Anurag, who is a Bollywood singer and musician, shared with India TV that actress Gehna Vasisth contacted him in 2020 to sing and compose songs for her OTT films, titled -- "Chhaat, "Love Duo", "Tharki Chhotu" among others. These films were released on HotShots app and the YouTube links to these songs were sent to the singer. While the singer never suspected these projects as 'adult content' before, now that the case has come to the light, Anurag says, he feels he has been cheated by the actress.
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Earlier on Friday, a court extended Kundra's police custody till July 27. He was arrested in the case on July 19 by the city police's crime branch after being booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. He was produced before the magistrate court at the end of his earlier remand on Friday. Police sought extension of his custody to probe the matter further.
The police had earlier told the court that the 45-year-old businessman was gaining financially from the illegal activity of making and selling pornographic material.
Kundra, meawhile, has moved the Bombay High Court challenging the police remand and the cases against him. "Without following the due process of law under the provisions of Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, as mandated by the Supreme Court from time to time, police arrested Kundra by calling him under the grab of recording a statement," the businessman's plea states.
The Mumbai Police have thus far arrested 10 people along with Kundra for their alleged involvement in the production of porn films and circulating them through mobile apps. The case was registered with the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police in February this year.