Shilpa Shetty was questioned by the Mumbai Police’s crime branch on 23 July in connection with the alleged porn racket involving her husband Raj Kundra. The actress has claimed that she has nothing to do with mobile application of her husband, HotShots and was not aware of the exact content on the platform.
According to reports by ANI Shilpa Shetty has said her husband is innocent and that erotica is different from pornography. She also claimed that Kundra wasn’t involved in producing porn content. Shilpa Shetty has revealed that Pradeep Bakshi, the London-based wanted accused and Raj Kundra’s brother-in-law was the one involved with the app and its functioning.
A local court on 24th July had extended the police custody of Raj Kundra and Ryan Thorpe till 27th July. Kundra has now moved the Bombay High Court challenging his arrest in the case and said in his plea that material which the police claim to be pornographic do not “depict direct explicit sexual acts and sexual intercourse but shows material in the form of short movies which are lascivious or appeal to the prurient interest of persons at best”.
10 other people other than Raj Kundra and have been arrested by the Mumbai Police earlier this week for their alleged involvement in the creation of porn films and publishing them through apps. Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale has claimed that Kundra “appears to be the key conspirator” in the case. The case was registered with the Mumbai Police’s crime branch Mumbai in February.
The investigation so far has revealed that Kundra and his associates bought more than 100 porn videos over the past one-and-a-half years and uploaded them on Hotshots. The probe revealed that the app has around 2 million subscribers.
The police also found that data has been deleted from the server and other electronic equipment seized by them from Kundra’s Viaan company’s office. Police officers are now taking the help of forensic experts to retrieve the deleted data.