Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s husband arrested for producing and distributing porn films

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 - 7:05

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Businessman Raj Kundra, the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was involved in the streaming of pornographic videos through an app called "Hotshots", the Mumbai Police told a court today, a day after arresting him. He was sent to police custody till Friday in the scandal involving the production of porn films.

Mumbai police arrested Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s husband, Raj Kundra, for allegedly producing and broadcasting pornographic films online, six years after the businessman was banned from cricket-related activities over match-fixing charges.

Police announced Kundra’s arrest late on Monday, calling the 45-year-old “the key conspirator” in a case involving the creation and publication of adult films via internet apps.

“We have sufficient evidence regarding this,” police said in a press release, adding that investigations were continuing.

The arrest is the latest scandal to hit Kundra, who has two children with Shetty, the 2007 winner of British reality show, Celebrity Big Brother.

Kundra banned for life from all cricket-related activities in 2015
In 2015, Kundra was banned for life from all cricket-related activities, following an investigation into match-fixing during his stint as a co-owner with Shetty of the Rajasthan Royals, a franchise in the hugely successful Indian Premier League.

India has stringent laws against publishing and transmitting “obscene material”, but watching pornography in private is legal.

According to the adult site, Pornhub, the nation of 1.3 billion was its third largest source of traffic in 2018, behind the United States and Britain.

In 2015, a government-appointed board of censors blocked the release of the erotic film, Fifty Shades of Grey, in cinemas, despite being shown a toned-down version, sparking allegations of moral policing.

The arrest is the latest scandal to hit Kundra, who has two children with Shetty, the 2007 winner of British reality show, Celebrity Big Brother.

"We found agreement papers, emails , accounts WhatsApp chats and pornographic clips from his office during the search," Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police, told reporters.


Involvement exposed after the arrest of a woman, Gahna Vashist
The police told the court that his involvement was exposed after the arrest of a woman, Gahna Vashist, who named the businessman's former personal assistant Umesh Kamat. Umesh Kamat then revealed Mr Kundra's involvement, according to the police.

Raj Kundra has denied any involvement and has claimed that he had sold the "Hotshots" app to another accused wanted by the police, Pradip Bakshi. But the police said Raj Kundra kept routinely updated on the finances of the app. He had allegedly also set up a WhatsApp group on which the production, distribution and selling of Hotshots clips was discussed.

Gahna Vashisht and Umesh Kamat were both involved in producing and shooting porn, writing scripts; they also copied Raj Kundra while mailing scripts, the police said.

Women paid INR 10,000 per clip
Women were paid around INR 10,000 for the clips. Some of them alleged that they were reeled in with offers of roles in web series and then forced to shoot porn.

Raj Kundra, who lives in Mumbai with his wife Shilpa Shetty and two children, faces charges like cheating and "obscene and indecent advertisements and displays". Charges under the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act have also been listed against him. These could potentially lead to five to seven years in jail.

Nine people have been arrested so far. The police have clarified that investigations have revealed no active role of Shilpa Shetty.

The case was registered on February 4 after a woman approached the police and complained about being forced to do a porn film after being promised an acting job, a police officer quoted by PTI said.

Porn films shot in India
The porn films were allegedly shot in India, transferred using WeTransfer to the UK and released on paid mobile apps. The police said the films were shot in houses and hotels rented in Mumbai. Models were allegedly pulled in with promises of film offers and then forced to shoot porn.

The prominent businessman, who was earlier linked to IPL match-fixing charges, was questioned after Umesh Kamat, caught for uploading obscene videos through a UK firm, named him.

The company was allegedly set up by Raj Kundra and his brother, and registered in the UK so it could evade Indian cyber-laws. Laws against publishing and transmitting "obscene material" are tough in the country, though watching pornography in private is legal.

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