The British Indian businessman and the husband of the eminent Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra, has been arrested lately. Raj Kundra was the 198th richest British Asian by Success in 2004. The Raj Kundra case is a heated up situation at this moment and caused a great agitation in the Bollywood industry. The arrest had taken place on the night of the 19th of July, 2021 after being alleged to have been producing pornographic films on his OTT app, Hotshots. He was produced before the 37th Metropolitan Magistrate the day after where he had been remanded custody till the 23rd of July 2021.
The latest updates revealed through reports state that Raj Kundra tried to bribe the officers of the crime branch a hefty amount of Rs 25 lakhs to evade his arrest. The reports have also suggested that the absconding accused, Arvind Srivastava (alias Yash Thakur) had also filed a complaint in the anti-corruption bureau via mail in March stating the bribe. There has been no comment till now from the crime branch investigators investigating the Raj Kundra case. However, a senior officer informed that the ACB investigates the situation of “demand for money” and then lays a trap.
As in this case, the alleged money has already exchanged the hands of the recipient, the case has been forwarded to the respective departments. Raj Kundra has been booked under section 420 (Cheating), 34 (Common Intention), sections 292 and 293 related to the obscene and indecent advertisements and displays of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He has also been booked under the relevant sections of IT Act (67A) and Indecent Representation Of Women Prohibition Act.
The Mumbai police has revealed that the accused has been the key conspirators of the Raj Kundra case that had been filed in February. The police have also stated that they have sufficient evidence against him. Raj Kundra’s defending lawyer Abad Ponda had stated in the court as an argument that the alleged content was rather vulgar and not pornographic and they did not show actual “intercourse”.
Amidst The Raj Kundra Case Netizens Smells Irony
Amidst this case, the netizens have found a novel named “How Not To Make Money” that had been authored by Raj Kundra in 2013. It happened to be his debut book. As the netizens take to their social media handles the irony, it seems that the social media is flooded with various comments in this regard.
Raj Kundra’s book seems fascinating where the book is a thriller based on the true events of three childhood friends, who grew up in London together. Of the three, two are smugglers while the third becomes a corporate lawyer who attempts to help the other two to get rich.
The reports state that as per him, the book was based on his research on the “Missing Trader Fraud”. This fraud had deprived the European government of billions of Euros.
Poonam Pandey Holds Five Shocking Allegations Against Raj Kundra
Here are the five shocking allegations that Poonam Pandey has come up with:
- Poonam Pandey has revealed that Raj Kundra’s company Armsprime had created and managed an app for her as well.
- Poonam said that she had been forced to sign a contract with the accused where the contract read that she has to look and pose in a certain way failing to which they would leak her personal stuff.
- While filing a case against Raj Kundra and his associates, she said that they had leaked her personal number with various messages like ‘Call me now, I will strip for you’. She stated to have had a nightmare after various calls regarding the message reached her.
- Poonam mentions that she had been constantly under the threat of acid attacks, abduction, rape and murder.
- Poonam’s app was named after her which she discontinued and terminated the contract. Even after that her videos and pictures were posted on the app.
The Current Course Of The Raj Kundra Case
The police say that Raj Kundra is hesitant to reveal much about the questioning. Following the day of his arrest, the cops had raided the accused’s residence and recovered a server with 70 porn videos shot by his former PA.
After Raj Kundra’s app Hotshot was striked and taken down by App Store and Play Store, he had a plan ‘B’ that stated he was about to launch another OTT platform named “Bollyfame”. He and his associates were working on that Hotshot identical app.
Meanwhile the Crime Branch has frozen a couple of bank accounts bearing deposits of around 7.5 crores in association with the Raj Kundra case of the porn application. Police have searched all the emails, agreement papers, subscription details as well as the Whatsapp chats. Surprisingly, another porn app going by the name “Nueflicks” had entered the radar of the police and they have found a sum of Rs 3 crore from one ofg the bank accounts of Madhya Pradesh’s Yash Thakur, who had been successfully running the alleged porn application.
A news agency has reported that on October 11, the members of the Hotshot Accounts (H Accounts) had discussed the live revenue of ₹1.85 lakh alongside a movie sale of ₹4.52 lakh. Raj Kundra’s Whatsapp Chat also bore a group named “Bollyfame“ that revealed that they were aiming to launch the new app in February.
However, the launch date was cancelled owing to the fact that one of the key peers of the racket, Umesh Kamat had been arrested in February.
Umesh Kamat and Raj Kundra were not the only people as the racket chief. It has been found that Raj Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi was also associated with them. He was also the official owner of Hotshot.
The Whatsapp chat has revealed that Raj Kundra was not officially the head of the app but he wanted to remove the obscene content of the alleged app in order to avoid investigation.
However, the Mumbai police stated that Shilpa Shetty will not be served summons in the Raj Kundra case. The police team had raided Shilpa Shetty’s residence in Juhu. Raj Kundra states his arrest to be illegal while he filed a petition in the Bombay High Court and also mentions that he is strictly against bribery.
A news report states that his Whatsapp status revealed he was planning to sell 121 videos for USD 1.2 million. Gehna Vashisht also mentioned that Raj Kundra was about to make a film with sister-in-law Shamita Shetty for his app.
He is to be kept in custody till 27th of July, 2021 as per court orders.