New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Shilpa Shetty's husband and businessman Raj Kundra's bail plea has been rejected by the Esplanade Court in Mumbai on Wednesday in connection with the case related to the creation of pornographic videos and publishing them apps like HotShots and Bollyfame. Along with Kundra, the court also rejected the bail plea of another accused, Ryan Thorpe. Raj Kundra and Ryan Thorpe were sent to 14-day judicial custody on Tuesday.

Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested 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. On Tuesday, a magistrate's court here remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.

Kundra had filed a bail plea, but the court rejected it on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court had also refused to give him any urgent temporary relief.

The police claimed that during the probe into the case, it was found Kundra set up Armsprime Media Pvt Ltd, which, through London-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, bought Hotshots app to upload objectional videos on social media.

They had also alleged that Kundra earned over Rs 1.17 crore between August and December last year by uploading pornographic content online, through Hotshots. The police also claimed to have found 51 obscene videos- 35 with Hotshots logo and 16 with BollyFame logo, during searches at the office of the accused.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai crime branch has lodged a fresh FIR in connection with a pornography case and named producers of businessman Raj Kundra's company as well as actress Gehana Vashishth in the new case, a police official said on Wednesday.

The case was registered by the crime branch's property cell at Malwani police station on Tuesday after an actress approached the police and alleged she was forced to shoot for a pornographic film for the HotShots app.

The First Information Report (FIR) was registered under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 420 (cheating), 392 (punishment for robbery), 393 (attempt to commit robbery), and provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and the Information Technology Act, the official added.

Kundra has contended that the films made by him, which the police claimed to be pornographic, did not depict direct or explicit sexual acts. After Kundra's arrest, Vasishth, who worked in three films produced for Kundra's app, had in a video said erotic content was different from pornography.

 

(With ANI, PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan