Raj Kundra porn case: Police examine new evidence, freeze business accounts

Investigators are currently looking into over 90 videos that were produced by various companies for Kundra’s app HotShots. A UK-based firm is also believed to have ties to the case.

Raj Kundra porn case: Police examine new evidence, freeze business accounts
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New developments in the Raj Kundra case continue to come to light in the days since the businessman’s arrest on Monday, 19 July. The Mumbai Police said they have uncovered more evidence against Kundra and his aides in their alleged porn production and distribution business, including plans to launch a new app after their original, HotShots, was suspended from the Apple and Google Play stores. Further, police sources said that Kundra’s company Viaan had a tie-up with UK-based production house Kenrin, known for uploading adult content online. Kenrin is owned by Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi.

Police retrieved WhatsApp chats that suggested Kundra and his associates would request Play Store to restore HotShots, with one member of the group advising that all adult content be removed from the app in the interim.

News reports stated that the Mumbai Crime Branch had come across bank transfers – the last transaction dated January 2021 – made by HotShots into Kundra’s account. Further, some reports mentioned that the Mumbai Police had so far frozen over Rs 7.3 crore in accounts across different banks in connection with the case, including those of co-accused Yasmeen Khan (alias Rowa Khan), Dipankar Khasnavis, Gehana Vashist and Umesh Kamat. Accounts of Fliz Movies OPC Pvt Ltd, amounting to over Rs 2 crore, were also frozen.

The Crime Branch has sent details of the seized bank accounts for a forensic audit. They are also examining about 70 videos that were allegedly produced by different small-time companies on Kundra’s orders. Besides these, 90 videos made specifically for HotShots are also being examined by investigators.

The officers have issued an LOC (look out notice) against Kenrin’s owner, Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi.

Meanwhile, police have found no involvement on the part of Kundra’s wife, actor Shilpa Shetty, in the racket. Rumours that the shoot for her upcoming release, Hungama 2, had been impacted by Kundra’s arrest were refuted by the film’s makers.