All we know about Raj Kundra and the pornography case
Mumbai Police arrested Raj Kundra, husband of Shilpa Shetty, yesterday in connection with a pornography case. Calling Kundra a "key conspirator," Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said they "have sufficient evidence" against the entrepreneur. Thereafter, Kundra's aide, Ryan Tharp, was also arrested today morning. Both were produced in court and sent to police custody till July 23. Here's a roundup of the case.
These are the charges against Kundra and possible punishment
The case is "about the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps." Currently, Kundra faces charges of cheating, "obscene and indecent advertisements and displays," charges under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, among others. There are also charges under the IT Act that are applicable. Hence, he is staring at five to seven years in jail at this point.
The case was originally registered in February this year
According to PTI, a case was registered on February 4 when a woman complained about being forced to shoot a porn video after being promised an acting job. It was found that these films were being released/streamed on paid apps. Police were led to Kundra via one Umesh Kamat, who was caught for uploading such videos through a UK firm named Kenrin Production House.
Kundra's alleged connection to a UK firm at the core
The company in question was apparently set up by Kundra and his relative Pradeep Bakshi. It is being said the firm was registered there to evade Indian cyber laws. Tharp's arrest takes the total number of people nabbed to almost 10. Before the 45-year-old businessman got caught, cops had filed two FIRs and nine people were apprehended based on a case registered this February.
Group chats on WhatsApp gave cops major clues
The connection between Kamat (who was former PA of Kundra) and Kundra was solidified by the police because of some group chats on WhatsApp. Chats between Kundra and his relative/UK-based businessman Bakshi were crucial in establishing his involvement in the video creating and publishing racket.
Model alleged Kundra offered her work, asked for nude audition
Amid all this, an undated video of model/actress Sagarika Shona Suman is spreading far and wide. Suman has alleged that she was offered a web series produced by Kundra in August 2020. During her virtual interaction, however, she was asked to give a nude audition by three people, one of whom was allegedly Kundra. She had revealed it was Kamat who had contacted her.
This is how Poonam Pandey reacted to the news
Meanwhile, actress Poonam Pandey reacted to the news too. She said, "my heart goes out to Shilpa and Shetty & her kids," and refused to "use this opportunity to highlight my trauma." For the unversed, she had filed a police complaint against Kundra and his associates on charges of fraud and theft in 2019. The case had reached the Bombay High Court in 2020.