On Friday, the term of detention of businessman Raj Kundra, who was arrested in connection with pornographic films, was extended until July 27. to date, a Mumbai court has placed him in Mumbai police custody.
According to reports, Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, “actually launched” a mobile app that streamed the videos, monitoring content as well as financial transactions, Mumbai police said Tuesday.
Police said Mumbai-based Viaan Industries was linked to UK-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, which has been under police control since February this year, when they first registered the FIR in the case and arrested nine people. According to police, Kenrin owned the Hotshots phone app, which was loaded with pornographic content. Kenrin is a production company owned by Kundra’s son-in-law Pradeep Bakshi, who is also wanted in the case. Speaking to the media, the Joint Crime Committee Milind Bharambe said the decision to arrest Kundra came on Monday after a police group ransacked Viaan Industries’ premises in Andheri, West. “During the search, our team found evidence of WhatsApp conversations, accounting records, emails and pornographic videos that clearly show that it was Kundra who actually launched the pornographic Hotshots app through his Viaan Industries. So we called him in for questioning and decided to arrest him, ”Bharambe said.
Police said Kundra’s name surfaced after the arrest of a co-accused, Umesh Kamat, who worked with Kenrin. In the pretrial detention report for Kundra, police said that analysis of Kamata’s laptop showed that emails sent by Bakshi were also copied to Kundra.
Police said Kamata’s phone showed that Kundra had formed various WhatsApp groups for an app called HS Takedown, HS Operations, HS Account. HS is assumed to be an acronym for Hotshots App. Kundra was the administrator of these groups.
On Wednesday, the Mumbai crime department investigating the case reported that UK-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, which acquired the pornographic app Hotshots in 2019, was transferring money to 13 bank accounts owned by Kundra’s Viaan Industries. They added that the amount was subsequently transferred to Kundra’s personal account. According to them, the money was transferred under the pretext of “software maintenance.”