The husband of actress Shilpa Shetty and businessman Raj Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai police on July 19 after being charged under the relevant articles of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act for allegedly producing and distributing pornographic films through apps. He is in police custody until July 27. After the Mumbai police, the Enforcement Administration (ED) is likely to file a case against Kundra under FEMA ((Foreign Exchange Management Act). He will likely be questioned by ED. It is also said that ED will request the FIR from the Mumbai Police and will study it before summoning Raja Kundra.
On Friday, Mumbai police ransacked actress Shilpa Shetty’s home and questioned her about the case. In her statement, Shilpa stated that her husband, Raj Kundra, was innocent and she was unaware of the content that was being hosted on their HotShots app. She also said the content was “erotic”; not “pornographic”
According to Mumbai police sources, Shilpa Shetty said that “she has nothing to do with HotShots. She mentioned that erotica is different from porn, and her husband Raj Kundra was not involved in the creation of porn content. ” Shilpa Shetty also mentioned that it was their “son-in-law Pradeep Bakshi who was involved in the application and its functioning.”
Mumbai police sources said: “The investigation revealed that there were about 20,000 subscribers to the Hotshots app, which is at the center of the pornography racket, allegedly involving the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty and businessman Raj Kundra.”
Kundra, meanwhile, has applied to the Bombay High Court to appeal the police custody and cases against him. “Without following due process in accordance with the provisions of article 41A of the 1973 Criminal Procedure Code, in accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Court from time to time, the police arrested Kundra by calling him while recording the application,” the businessman said in a statement.