Entertainment news on July 20: Raj Kundra remanded to police custody till July 23

screenmixJuly 20, 2021
raj kundra arrestedRaj Kundra has been arrested in a case of making pornographic films. (Photo: Raj kundra/Instagram)

Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai police crime branch on Monday in a case of making pornographic films and publishing them through mobile applications. Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said, “We have arrested Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the key conspirator of this. We have sufficient evidences regarding this. Investigation is in progress.”

The Property Cell of the Mumbai crime branch had in February this year registered an FIR in connection with the case and arrested nine persons soon after. Kundra’s name came up during the interrogation of the accused, police officers said. Apart from the case by Mumbai police, Kundra’s name had also cropped up in a similar case that had been registered by the Maharashtra Cyber police last year.

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PTI reported that a Mumbai court on Tuesday remanded businessman Raj Kundra in police custody till July 23 in a case related to the alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps. The police, while seeking maximum custody of Kundra, told a magistrate’s court that the 45-year-old businessman was economically gaining by making and selling pornographic material. The police said they have seized Kundra’s mobile phone and its contents need to be scrutinised and also his business dealings and transactions have to be looked into. 

Raj Kundra was spotted at Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Tuesday. (Photos: Varinder Chawla)

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“Actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra and one Ryan Tharp brought to Mumbai’s Esplanade Court. Kundra was arrested yesterday while Tharp was arrested today in connection with a case relating to the production of pornographic films,” reported ANI.

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Apart from the case by Mumbai police, Raj Kundra’s name had also come up in a similar case which was registered by the Maharashtra Cyber police last year. Kundra had filed for anticipatory bail and the court is likely to decide on his application next week.

Shilpa Shetty’s husband was taken to Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office on Monday and spent the night in the custody of the Crime Branch, Mumbai. Raj Kundra will be produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court for custody on Tuesday. Shilpa or Raj’s team are yet to issue a statement on the charges.

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