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Raj Kundra’s Police custody extended till July 27 in connection with ‘adult film’ racket

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: A Mumbai Magistrate Court on July 23 extended, actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra and another key accused, Ryan Thorpe’s, custody in connection with the pornography-related case, to July 27. The Police produced the accused before court and sought 7 days further police custody, citing non-cooperation by the businessman. 

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According to a report, Raj is not cooperating with the police and has no answers to the questions he is being asked by them. The report also added that the businessman is denying all the charges against him. 

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A police official told the news portal that Raj is refusing to have ever made porn movies. They are now planning to inform the court about how Kundra is not cooperating in the police investigation and not divulging any details. The official further added that despite whatever Kundra has to say, they have strong evidence against him in the case. 

Raj has been arrested for creating pornography content for mobile applications. He was sent to police custody till today, July 23. There were various reports doing the rounds speculating on Shilpa’s involvement in the case. However, a recent report revealed that she will not be served a summon in the case.

On Monday, the police had described Kundra as the key conspirator in the case, which was registered on February 4 at the Malwani police station in suburban Mumbai. Kundra has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

The star couple, Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra recently hit headlines after the latter was arrested by the Mumbai Police crime branch on July 19 for a pornography case. Raj has been named the ‘key conspirator’ in the case. Raj and his partner Ryan Thorpe were sent to judicial custody till July 23.

Earlier, Mumbai Police Commissioner, Hemant Nagrale shared in a statement, “There was a case registered with 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.”

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There were also reports that Raj Kundra paid a bribe of Rs 25 lakh to the Crime Branch to avoid arrest.

Along with Raj, about 11 other people have been arrested for alleged involvement in a case relating to the production of pornography.

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