Raj Kundra, businessman and husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, who was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Monday in connection with a case involving pornographic films, has been sent back to police custody until July 27 after his bail plea was rejected, ANI reported.
The Magistrate Court in Mumbai rejected Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe’s bail plea when they were produced before the court by the Mumbai Police on Friday.
The police sought an extension of custody for seven more days as they suspect that the money earned from pornography was used for online betting. “This is why transactions between Raj Kundra’s Yes bank account and United Bank of Africa account need to be investigated,” Mumbai Police told the court.
Kundra, the owner of Viaan Industries Ltd, was arrested on Monday as the “key conspirator” in a case involving pornography. He has been accused of being involved in making pornographic videos under the pretext of producing short films for OTT platforms.
Kundra and his associate Thorpe were booked under sections 354(C) (Voyeurism), 292 (sale of obscene content), 420 (Cheating) of the IPC and Sections 67, 67A (transmission of sexually explicit material) of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.
Mumbai Police also informed the court on Friday that they have arrested 11 people in the case so far, including Kundra.
The Mumbai Crime Branch said on Tuesday that they have so far not found any evidence indicating Shetty had an active role in the case.
According to the Mumbai Police, the investigation had begun in February but they could not arrest Kundra earlier due to lack of evidence.
The Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police Milind Bharambe had said in the press conference that during the raid on Monday, they found evidence including agreement papers, emails, accounts, WhatsApp chats and pornographic clips in Kundra’s office.