Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra in connection with the alleged money laundering.
The Mumbai Police had also registered a case against him in 2021.
Before Raj Kundra was arrested in July, the Mumbai Police nabbed five persons in February in connection with the case. The accused involved in the case were allegedly making pornographic films and cheating people with the promise of roles in web series or Bollywood films. Aspiring models and actors were promised movie roles and made to do these porn movies.
The shootings were held in rented bungalows or apartments in areas like Madh Island or near Aksa in Malad. During the shoot, the accused would ask the actresses to shoot for a different script and also asked them to shoot nude scenes. If an actress refused, they were allegedly threatened and then also asked to pay the expenditure for the shooting.
The shot clips would then be uploaded on applications which were subscription-based and subscribers had to pay to watch the content and to watch the content the subscriber would have to pay a certain amount.
As the Mumbai Police continued their probe into pornography films case, they discovered theinvolvement of HotShots. Further investigation revealed that Raj Kundra’s firm, Viaan had an agreement with UK-based firm, Kenrin which owned HotShots app. The firm was owned by Raj Kundra’s brother-in-law in the UK. HotShots app was used to upload pornographic clips.
Reportedly, though HotShots was owned by a UK-based company, its operations were run by Viaan, Kundra’s company.
Along with Raj Kundra, Ryan Thorpe, IT head of his company, was also arrested in connection with the porn racket case.
Raj Kundra was released on bail in September last year.