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Porn film case: Raj Kundra moves bail plea in magistrate court, claims being made scapegoat

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch had recently filed a supplementary chargesheet against Kundra and three others in the case pertaining to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through mobile applications like Hotshots and Bollyfame.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: September 18, 2021 11:46:18 pm
Raj Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested July 19 by after being booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Information Technology Act. (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

Businessman Raj Kundra, an accused in pornography racket case, on Saturday moved a regular bail plea before a metropolitan magistrate court in Mumbai, claiming that he was being made a scapegoat in the case without any conclusive evidence and that the Mumbai Police has practically completed its probe against him.

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch had recently filed a supplementary chargesheet against Kundra and three others in the case pertaining to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through mobile applications like Hotshots and Bollyfame.

In an application filed through advocate Prashant Patil, Kundra said he should be granted bail on grounds of parity with the co-accused, as eight of the nine accused against whom the primary chargesheet was filed have been granted bail by the court.

He added there is not an “iota of evidence” in the first chargesheet to show his connection with Hotshots. He said that despite lack of evidence, he was arrested and after a “motivated” investigation, a supplementary chargesheet was filed.

Kundra further claimed that he was falsely implicated despite not being named in FIR and is being “dragged” into the case by the police.

He said that while he has “deep roots in the society”, being a permanent resident of India, he was associated with the company that owns Hotshots and Bollyfame only for 10 months.

“In fact, it is the sole discretion of artists to upload their contents on the apps. The contents of the complaint do not disclose any prima facie offence against the applicant,” his plea said.

The plea added that not a single allegation has been made in the supplementary chargesheet that stated that Kundra was actively involved in any of the video shootings.

The plea said that probe so far clearly shows that Kundra was not involved in any offence even in the “remotest way” in creating alleged the “questionable content”. Kundra said he is not even related to process of uploading or broadcasting of the said content.

Stating that Covid-19 pandemic has exposed him to “potential health hazards”, Kundra sought regular bail on the ground that he was entitled for the same as supplementary chargesheet has been filed in the case.

The magistrate court is likely to hear Kundra’s plea on Monday.

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