HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Raj Kundra and his IT head Ryan Thorpe have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days
  • Raj has been charged with cheating and for obscene and indecent advertisements and displays under the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
  • The Mumbai Police have seized Kundra’s laptop and a SAN (Storage Area Network) box

Today, a local court in Mumbai has sent Raj Kundra and his IT head Ryan Thorpe to judicial custody for 14 days in the pornography racket case. Back on July 19, Raj Kundra along with 10 others was arrested by the Mumbai Police.

Kundra’s police custody, which got over July 23, was extended by the court till July 27. Raj Kundra, called the key conspirator by the Mumbai Police, has been charged with cheating and for obscene and indecent advertisements and displays under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police have also used sections of the IT Act and Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act against Kundra.

Sources revealed that Kundra was anticipating his arrest after the property cell of the Mumbai Police’s crime branch arrested nine people in the connection with the pornography racket case in March. To escape the investigations, Kundra had a ‘Plan B’ ready.

Talking to the media, the police team mentioned that Kundra had changed his phone in March so that no could be retrieved. Reportedly, when Kundra was asked about his old phone, he replied that he had thrown it away. “We believe that the old phone contains many important pieces of evidence and is looking for it,” an official added.

The Mumbai Police have also seized Raj Kundra’s laptop and a SAN (Storage Area Network) box. Officials told, “We accessed 48 TB data. Huge data was deleted once our case was filed on instructions from Raj Kundra. Also, after Kundra’s arrest, more data was deleted.”

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court will also hear Raj Kundra’s plea challenging his police custody and seeking bail. Kundra’s petition in the Bombay High Court will come up for hearing after it is numbered and its circulation is granted.

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