The Bombay High Court will hear businessman Raj Kundra’s plea challenging police custody and seeking bail, today in an obscenity case being investigated by the cybercrime police.
The businessman was arrested by the Property Cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch on July 19, in connection with the creation and distribution of pornographic content. His extended police custody in connection with the case also ends today.
It was previously reported that Kundra’s lawyer Subhash Jadhav termed the arrest as “illegal” and claimed that not a single video can be called “pornographic”. In the 4000-page charge sheet that has been filed by the police, they have not been able to point out any sexually explicit act in any video which demonstrated illegality under section 67a. The rest of the sections applied to the Raj Kundra are bailable.
Kundra has been booked under sections 420 (cheating) 34 (common intention), 292, and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisement and displays) of the IPC and relevant sections of the IT act and indecent representation of women (prohibition) act.
Ahead of the HC hearing, a sessions court on Monday extended the interim relief from arrest in the case.
Meanwhile, Crime Branch has appointed a financial auditor to probe the money trail of Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty and their alleged involvement in the pornography racket case.
“In the investigation, the Crime Branch has found transactions worth crores were done from the joint account of Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra. The Crime Branch suspects that the earnings from ‘Hotshots’ and ‘Bolly Fame’ app used to come into this account,” said sources to ANI.
They added that police is also probing whether money earned from the apps was being invested in bitcoins.
Earlier on Sunday, police had informed that four employees of Kundra have turned witnesses against him in the pornography racket case, increasing troubles for him.