Businessan Raj Kundra, arrested on July 19 in the adult films case by the Mumbai Police, moved a bail plea Tuesday after a metropolitan magistrate’s court sent him to judicial custody for two weeks.
The police, which had sought his further custody, told the court it had recorded the statement of an accountant of Kundra’s company and claimed the information provided in it and the interrogation of co-accused Ryan Thorpe showed that the mobile app, Hotshots, was allegedly being run by the Viaan Industries and had earned Rs 1.17 crore between August and December 2020 from Apple Store alone.
The police said that the revenue from Google Play was expected to be much more as it has more users than Apple. The police also said it wanted further probe if any other similar platforms were started by Kundra.
“Since Google had removed the application, an email has been sent to the company to seek details about the revenue,” the police told the court. It also said that they had searched Kundra’s office as well as his residence in Juhu and recorded the statement of his wife and actor Shilpa Shetty.
It claimed that on his electronic devices — a hard disk and a desktop — seized from his house, data was recovered pertaining to companies, Armsprime Media and Viaan Industries. It also said a forensic auditor was appointed to analyse the data, including some which were allegedly destroyed by employees on Kundra’s instructions.
The police also said it had froze accounts related to the case, including one with Rs 1.35 lakh cash.
It was also claimed that the statement of only one victim in the case has been recorded so far and more women and models, who had made statements on social media, have been summoned for further probe.
Lawyers Aabad Ponda and Subhash Jadhav, representing Kundra, however, told the court that there were no grounds made for the police to be given further custody of Kundra. It was submitted that the analysis of the data cannot be a ground to keep Kundra in jail.
After the court sent Kundra to judicial custody, Kundra’s lawyers moved a bail plea on grounds including that there was no evidence against him in the case. The bail application said the chargesheet against the previous accused in the case has already been filed, and they were all out on bail. It also said that Kundra was not named in the initial probe. The court will hear the bail plea Wednesday.
Thorpe, the IT head of Kundra’s company who was also arrested last week, has been sent to judicial custody, too.