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Businessman Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty’s Husband, Denied Bail In Porn Case


Businessman Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty's Husband, Denied Bail In Porn Case

Raj Kundra was arrested in a case related to production and distribution of porn films. (File)

Mumbai/ New Delhi:

Businessman Raj Kundra, actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband, and his aide Ryan Thorpe were denied bail by a Mumbai court today in a case related to the alleged production and distribution of pornographic content.

Mr Kundra’s custody was extended for two weeks yesterday for the third time in a week.

He was arrested last Monday. Ryan Thorpe was arrested the next day.

Four employees of the 45-year-old businessman have turned witnesses against him, sources have said. 

On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court had adjourned the hearing on his bail plea. This afternoon, Mumbai’s Esplanade court denied him bail.

Raj Kundra’s controversial app “Hotshots” is at the centre an intensifying probe. The app, according to police, was removed from the Google Play Store for Android phones and Apple’s App Store, so the accused “activated Plan B” and launched another app, Bollyfame.

Last week, Mr Kundra challenged his arrest in the case, saying the videos being probed might be described as “lascivious” but do not show “explicit sexual acts”.

Shilpa Shetty told police last week she was unaware of the exact nature of content on ‘Hotshots’. Police sources told ANI that Ms Shetty stressed the difference between ‘erotica’ and ‘pornography’, and said Mr Kundra was not involved in producing pornographic content.

Raj Kundra’s lawyer, Abad Ponda, has also objected to the content being classified as pornography, arguing that similar material is available on OTT platforms like Netflix.



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