Raj Kundra, who was taken into police custody for running an illegal pornographic business, has finally been granted bail after two months of jail time. Kundra was arrested after a case registered by Mumbai Police’s crime branch in February 2021came into action. The businessman was released from the Arthur Road jail shortly after he was granted bail, a jail official said.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, SB Bhajipale entitled Raj Kundra’s bail application on furnishing a bond of ₹ 50,000. His associate and co-accused, Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him on July 19, was also granted bail by the court. Kundra had moved a bail plea before the metropolitan magistrate court on September 18, days after the police filed a supplementary charge sheet in the pornography case.
The plea filed by advocate Prashant Patil claimed that there is no evidence that Raj Kundra has any connection with the app ‘Hotshots’, used in the alleged porn films racket, with an offence under law. As per the probe agency, the app was being used by accused persons for uploading and streaming obscene content. The businessman also added that there was no evidence of him being “actively” involved in the creation of the alleged occult porn content.
He went on alleging that he was falsely charged in the case and was not even named in the FIR. Kundra claimed that he was dragged by the respondent (police) in the case. The public prosecutor opposed the application, stating that just because the charge sheet has been filed, it does not imply bail is to be granted to the accused.
The case was registered on February 4. Four women had complained that they were forced to shoot porn after being promised an acting job in web series. Umesh Kamat, a person who was caught uploading such videos through a UK firm named Kenrin Production House on their app called HotShots, led to more evidence in the scandal.