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Mumbai court grants bail to Raj Kundra in adult films case

Raj Kundra, in his plea filed through lawyer Prashant Patil, had submitted that he was being made a “scapegoat” without any conclusive evidence, and he should be released as the probe against him has been completed.

Raj Kundra was granted bail on a surety of Rs 50,000 with certain conditions. (File)

A metropolitan magistrate’s court Monday granted bail to businessman Raj Kundra, who was arrested in July in the case pertaining to the alleged creation and publishing of pornographic films on mobile applications. He was granted bail on a surety of Rs 50,000 with certain conditions.

Kundra had filed a fresh bail plea last week after the Mumbai Police’s supplementary chargesheet in the case had named him as an accused.

Kundra, in his plea filed through lawyer Prashant Patil, had submitted that he was being made a “scapegoat” without any conclusive evidence, and he should be released as the probe against him has been completed.

Kundra’s plea had also stated that other accused, arrested in connection with case earlier, have been granted bail and therefore his plea should be considered on grounds of parity. It also said that the police have not been able to show any evidence establishing his connection with mobile apps Hotshots and Bollyfame where the adult films were uploaded.

Raj Kundra was arrested on July 19.

Kundra had also argued in the plea that he was not named in the FIR and his name was dragged into the case by the police. He added that he was not involved in the creation of any “questionable content” and had sought bail also on the grounds of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The Mumbai Police had opposed the plea saying that Kundra, if granted bail, could tamper with evidence and end up influencing witnesses.

Kundra’s lawyer said on Monday that his client has been granted bail and he is likely to be released on Tuesday after completion of all formalities.

Patil also said that Kundra had sought anticipatory bail in connection with other similar cases, and has been granted interim relief from arrest.

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