Mumbai: Mumbai Police on Tuesday claimed that the company of businessman Raj Kundra, arrested in the pornographic film case, was manufacturing pornographic material in India for a London-based company. The British company belongs to his close relative.
Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the crime branch of the police on Monday night in the case. According to the police, they are related to making obscene material and broadcasting it through some apps. Kundra was produced in the court on Tuesday from where he was remanded in police custody till July 23.
A senior police officer said that Kundra’s Viaan Industries had an agreement with Kenrin, a London-based company that owns the ‘Hotspot’ app.
London registered company
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Milind Bharambe told a press conference, “The company is registered in London, but content creation, operation of the app and accounting were managed through Kundra’s company Viaan Industries. The owner is a relative of Kundra.The officer said that the police have collected evidence to establish the link between the two companies.
recovered video clip
Bharambe said that the police have recovered messages, accounts and some pornographic films during raids at Kundra’s Mumbai office between the two on WhatsApp groups and e-mails. “After collecting evidence of their involvement in the crime, we arrested Raj Kundra and his IT chief Ryan Thorpe. Our investigation in the matter is on,” he said.
The main accused is Raj Kundra
The police had on Monday claimed that Kundra was the “main conspirator” in the case. He said that an FIR was registered in this regard on February 4 at the Malwani police station in suburban Mumbai. On the question of delay in the arrest of Kundra despite filing the charge sheet in the case in April, Bharambe said there was a need to examine several electronic evidences to strengthen the case. Transfer money, trace the real owner of the account, verify the content and the publisher before any punitive action could be taken by the police.
Very little money for making videos
He told that the police found that money has been transferred in different accounts. At the same time, the victims of the pornographic film gang used to get only a few thousand rupees. During investigation, it came to light that the company named Armsprime made an app (hotspot) for Kenrin, there was also a separate app. Vian Industries had an agreement with Kenrin on material manufacturing and funding and for this the British company used to transfer money to Kundra’s company.
The police officer said that the amount received from the user for the use of the app used to come in the name of Kenrin but it was managed in Mumbai.
Bharambe said that before the matter came to the Mumbai Crime Branch, a complaint had been received about the gang with the Maharashtra Cyber Branch. Malwani police registered an FIR on the complaint of two women while another woman lodged a complaint with Lonavala police, 120 km from Mumbai.
Complaint filed in February 2021
The Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police began investigation in February 2021 after some complainants approached the Malwali police station. Investigation revealed that some small artists were lured to give them a chance to work in web series and short films. After this, on the pretext of filming provocative scenes in the name of auditions, they were filmed semi-nude or nude scenes against their wishes.
arrested them too
During the investigation, the police also came to know about several other apps offering obscene material, after which the police arrested the producer Roma Khana, her husband, actress Gehana Vashistha, director Tanveer Hashmi and Umesh Kamath (who looked after Kunda’s company’s business in India). ) Arrested him.
The official said that so far 11 people have been arrested in the case. The crime branch has seized an amount of Rs 7.5 crore from various app operators.
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