A local court in Mumbai granted bail to businessman Raj Kundra and his Information technology (IT) head Ryan Thorpe on a surety of Rs. 50,000 on Monday. Raj Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai Police on 19th July and filed a supplementary charge sheet against him on September 15 for his alleged involvement in the pornographic film racket.
Pleading for bail in the case, Kundra told the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Mumbai that the videos were shot with the consent of the ‘actors’ and claimed that he owned the mobile app Hotshots only for a brief period of 10 months.
Hotshots mobile app was specifically designed for streaming adult and pornographic content that Kundra’s firm produced. Kundra also claimed in his plea that during the time he owned Hotshots, he had only interacted with a few clients but had “never taken an active part in contract building or any of the content creation.”
The police filed a 1,467-page supplementary charge sheet. Statements of at least 42 interrogated people were shown by the Mumbai Police, including that of Shilpa Shetty, who said, she was too busy with her work and was not aware of what Kundra was up to.
Raj Kundra was labeled as the “key conspirator” in the case and charged with ‘cheating and for obscene and indecent advertisements and displays under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Police also used sections of the Information technology Act and Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act against Kundra. The businessman was arrested on July 19 along with 10 others for their alleged role in the production of pornographic content through an app called Hotshots.