Pornography case: Raj Kundra remanded in 14-day judicial custody

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

The Mumbai Police crime branch earlier told the court that Raj Kundra had plans to sell 119 adult films to a person for USD 1.2 million.

On Tuesday, a Mumbai court remanded businessman Raj Kundra in 14-day judicial custody. Husband of Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty, Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai Police on July 19 for allegedly creating pornographic films and publishing through apps under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

Kundra was produced before a Mumbai court which declined the prosecution plea for extending his police custody by another seven days.

Among other things, the prosecution informed the court that it had come across an amount of Rs 1.13 crore belonging to Kundra's company in a private bank account which they wanted to probe further.

Opposing the remand plea,  his lawyer Abad Ponda argued that Kundra's custody is being sought in offences that are largely bailable barring two non-bailable charges. He said that there was nothing new for which the prosecution was seeking to extend his custody and reiterated that if the police had summoned him (Kundra) he would have cooperated.

Ponda said that Kundra has applied for bail and his application will be taken up for hearing on Wednesday (July 28) before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court. Kundra has contended in his bail plea that he's been cooperating with the ongoing investigations and has been in custody for long.

In a major swoop, the Mumbai Police arrested Kundra on July 19 in the sensational case of producing and distributing pornographic content through mobile applications. Soon after the arrest, he was remanded to police custody till July 23, which was extended till July 27, and now he has been sent to judicial custody till August 10.

The police have also raided Kundra's home in Juhu last Friday and recorded the statement of his wife Shilpa Shetty, besides summoning others, in the pornography case that first erupted in February and later international angles came to the fore.

The Mumbai Police have appealed to other victims to come forward and give information about the illegal acts committed against them and said they have already recorded statements of two aggrieved women.

Kundra has been charged with offences under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, IT Act and Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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