The Killa Court has sent businessman Raj Kundra, accused in a pornography case, to judicial custody for 14 days. Kundra, who was under arrest, had applied for bail, and was produced in court when the period of police remand ended.
The court order comes as a setback to Kundra.
Sources from the police department said when the day crime branch took Raj Kundra to his Mumbai home for the searches, and questioned Shilpa Shetty too, the actress was very upset. “She had a huge argument, shouted at Kundra and asked him what was the need for doing such a thing. She told Kundra that due to his actions the family name is getting defamed and their endorsements in the industry are being cancelled,” the sources in Mumbai police added.
They informed that Shetty broke down in front of the cops and told them that Kundra had kept her in dark.
Kundra was arrested on July 19 and the Crime Branch later found a hidden cupboard with documents about his financial transactions and cryptocurrency holdings. The Crime Branch is also in possession of Kundra’s laptop and a Storage Area Network box from where a lot of data had been deleted.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will also be joining the investigations, with reference to some financial transactions mentioned in the documents.
It may be recalled that Shilpa had earlier told cops investigating the pornography case that her husband had nothing to do with porn and that the app in question contained erotica.
Meanwhile, police sources have confirmed that the case is part of an ongoing probe which started on February 4 this year, after five people were arrested on charges of forcing women to act in erotic films on the pretext of giving them roles in web movies. The scripts and the scenes would be changed on the day of the shoot, and if the actresses refused to perform those scenes, they would allegedly be asked to foot the bill for the day’s shoot.
After Kundra’s arrest, a few people who had other issues with the businessman approached the Mumbai Police. Hiren Parmar, a Gujarat-based trader claimed that Kundra’s company Viaan Industries had taken Rs 3 lakh from him on the promise that he would be made a distributor of an online game called Game of Dot.
Producer and entrepreneur Sachiin Joshi said he had recently won a case against Kundra regarding a gold purchase scheme. He said, “We got our 1 kg gold and the Rs 3 lakh they had to pay us as a fine for making us go through a legal process to recover the money.” He added that a cheque issued by Kundra’s firm has bounced and said he hoped to win the case relating to that too. “I am glad karma finally caught up with Kundra,” he said.