'Key conspirator' Raj Kundra arrested in pornography case

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Shilpa Shetty with Raj Kundra
File Photo: Shilpa Shetty with Raj Kundra. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai police over a case involving pornographic films. An FIR was lodged against the businessman after a woman approached the police and made certain allegations in her complaint.

According to the police, Kundra was held in a case related to the alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.

Kundra (45) appears to be the 'key conspirator' of the case, the official said.

The businessman was taken into custody by the Crime Branch on Monday after being booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology (IT) Act, he said.

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“There was a case registered with the Crime Branch Mumbai in February 2021 about the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some Apps. We’ve arrested Mr Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the key conspirator of this. We have sufficient evidence regarding this,” the Mumbai police commissioner said in a statement.

The case was registered on February 4 at the Malwani police station in suburban Mumbai.

“On that basis, the FIR was registered and the case transferred to the Crime Branch. Earlier also, we had registered cases related to pornography in which an actress and some other persons were made accused,” he said.

“We will conduct a probe into the case against Raj Kundra and find out if there is any link between this and pornography cases which we had registered earlier,” the official said.

Kundra was booked under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays), and relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, he said.

The Police have informed that its Property Cell of Crime Branch has so far arrested a total of 11 people, including Kundra in a case relating to the production of porn films. He was taken for medical examination at JJ hospital by the Property Cell of Mumbai Police's Crime Branch in the early hours of Tuesday. He was later taken to Mumbai Police Commissioner's office.

Further investigation was underway, the official added.

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With inputs from PTI and ANI

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