These days a TikTok guy otherwise businessman Raj Kundra, husband of actress Shilpa Shetty was arrested in an alleged pornography case by the city crime branch on Monday. The entire saga was unearthed early this year, in which nine persons, including model and actor Gehana Vasisth, were arrested. The complaint was filed last year under the Indian Penal Code section pertaining to obscenity, the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act.
Among those arrested was an employee of a tech start-up linked with Kundra. The arrest was made on the basis of the statement of model Sherlyn Chopra. The employee was granted bail in April. Kundra was then summoned by the police. He lashed out the allegations stating that he had no links to the offence, as he had exited from the start-up. He had also said that he submitted documents regarding his investments and exit from the company to the police and had nothing to do with the alleged shoots or web series.
Kundra’s name surfaced after the property cell probing the case stumbled upon the involvement of a UK production company, Kenrin and police arrested its executive, Umesh Kamat. The former employee of Kundra was accused of uploading at least eight “pornographic and obscene” videos shot by Vasisth on a social media app for monetary consideration.
Pradeep Bakshi, the proprietor of Kenrin, and Yash Thakur as absconding accused. Police suspect Kundra has a stake in Kenrin. In February, the property cell led by inspector Kedar Pawar and assistant inspector Laxmikant Salunkhe raided a bungalow at Madh Island in Malad and busted a live porn video film-making racket, and rescued a woman. Police arrested Yasmin Rowa Khan, Pratibha Nalawade, Monu Gopaldas Joshi, Bhanusuryam Thakur and Mohammed Asif alias Saify under IPC sections for cheating, indulging in obscene acts in public places and publicly exhibiting or circulating obscene books or literature, and under the Information Technology Act.
Raj Kundra filed an anticipatory bail last month in a sessions court after model and actress Poonam Pandey filed a complaint in the Bombay High Court against Raj Kundra alleging that the latter’s company has used her pictures and videos illegally after her contract with the company was over.