Entertainment news on July 21: Raj Kundra was ‘actually running’ porn apps, Amitabh Bachchan and Hina Khan wish on Eid al-Adha

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ent news 21 raj kundra, hina khanShilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra was ‘actually running’ porn apps, says police. (Photo: Shilpa Shetty, Hina Khan/Instagram)

A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, to police custody till July 23. The IT head of his company, Ryan Thorpe, was also arrested and sent to custody till July 23. Businessman Raj Kundra, arrested in the case of a pornographic film, was “actually running” the mobile application which streamed these videos, overseeing the content as well financial dealings, Mumbai Police said on Tuesday. Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale ealier 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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In April, police had filed a chargesheet against nine accused arrested in February, including Rowa Khan, alleged to be the producer of the pornographic films, her husband Shyam Banerjee, actors Gehna Vasisht and Tanvir Hashmi. All are currently out in bail. According to police, women from small towns were lured with the promise of roles in web series, but when they turned up for the shooting, they would be forced to do nude scenes for pornographic films. The accused were charged with cheating and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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Police said Kundra’s name came up following the arrest of a co-accused, Umesh Kamat, who was working with Kenrin. Police said Kamat’s phone showed that Kundra had formed various WhatsApp groups for the app, named ‘HS Takedown’, ‘HS Operations’, ‘HS Account’. HS is suspected to be an abbreviation for the ‘Hotshots’ app. Kundra was the administrator of these groups. Police said these WhatsApp group chats showed that Kundra was overseeing all matters related to the content on the app, including the script and storyline, remuneration paid to those involved, and revenue earned from them.

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Police said Kundra’s Mumbai-based company, Viaan Industries, was linked to the UK-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, which has been under the police scanner since February this year when they first registered an FIR in the case and arrested nine persons. According to police, Kenrin owned the ‘Hotshots’ phone application on which pornographic content was uploaded. Kenrin is a production company owned by Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi. Joint CP (Crime) Milind Bharambe said they searched the premises of Viaan Industries and “found evidence of WhatsApp conversations, accounting sheets, e-mail and pornographic clips that clearly show that it was Kundra who was actually running the pornographic app ‘Hotshots’ through his company.”

A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, to police custody till July 23. The IT head of his company, Ryan Thorpe, was also arrested and sent to custody till July 23. Businessman Raj Kundra, arrested in a pornographic films case, was “actually running” the mobile application which streamed these videos, overseeing the content as well financial dealings, Mumbai Police said on Tuesday.

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The police haven’t found any evidence about Shilpa Shetty’s involvement in husband Raj Kundra’s app till now. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Milind Bharambe shared in a statement, “We have not been able to any find any active role (of Shilpa Shetty) yet. We are investigating. We will appeal to the victims to come forward and contact the Crime Branch Mumbai and we’ll take appropriate action.”

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