Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra was arrested by Mumbai Police on 19 July for his alleged involvement in making pornographic films and releasing them through various mobile applications. Kundra’s judicial custody was extended till 27 July.
The recent update, in this case, is that Shilpa Shetty’s statement has been recorded by Crime Branch officials. Earlier today, the Juhu bungalow of the couple was raided by Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The police said that Kundra, along with his brother-in-law, Pardeep Bakshi, and Umesh Kamat had planned on live streaming pornography videos on February 20, 2021.
The probe revealed that the live-streaming was supposed to be executed via a new application called ‘Bollyfame’ but it was dropped because Kamat was arrested on 7 February. As per a statement issued by a crime branch officer, some applications were removed by Google and Apple in 2020 from their respective app stores.
The crime branch officer also revealed that a WhatsApp group was created in the name of the future application, Bollyfame and Kundra had revealed his plans via the group to Kamat and others. Kamat revealed in his statement to the police that Kundra had informed them about shutting down the Hotshot app and will also remove the obscene contents to avoid any investigation.
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The police further added that Kundra, who got the application Hotshot developed for pornographic films used to control the entire operation for the same app through WhatsApp chats and his office based in Andheri, Mumbai. Police raided Kundra’s Andheri office on Tuesday and seized electronic equipment and the server to scrutinize the technical aspects.
Along with this, the police also seized subscription hits, agreement papers, email, account details, and WhatsApp chats. So far, the crime branch has frozen various bank accounts with deposits of around ₹7.5 crore which also includes an amount of around ₹3 crores from Yash Thakur who is a wanted accused. Thakur who was reportedly running the application Nueflicks is a native of Madhya Pradesh and is currently based in Singapore.
Another police officer mentioned that Kundra’s pornography racket mainly targeted young women who were outsiders to the industry. These women who came to the city to try their luck in the film and television industry were allegedly lured with offers of roles in short films and web series.
Initially, the women were asked to perform bold scenes and eventually offer them more money to act in porn films or threaten them with the agreements. Another police officer said that actors were exploited for the past two years, ever since the pronographic racket came into existence.
The Maharashtra cyber-crime officers had booked directors and owners of various OTT platforms for their alleged involvement in showing obscene content, post which Kundra and his associates started working on a new application to live-stream pornographic content. Kundra and Ryan Thorpe who were arrested on Monday will remain in police custody till July 23.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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