Fraud, business and applications ‘network’: Police say Raj Kundra was conducting UK porn-related operations

Fraud, business and applications ‘network’: Police say Raj Kundra was conducting UK porn-related operations

Fraud, business and applications ‘network’: police say Raj Kundra was conducting UK porn-related operations

A company owned by businessman Raj Kundra, who was arrested in a porn film case, was conducting operations for a London company that was floating a pornographic content for India, a Mumbai police said on Wednesday. Kundra (45), the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the criminal branch on Monday night in a case related to the alleged creation of pornographic films and their publication through various applications.

He was arraigned in court on Tuesday, July 23, when he was taken into police custody. Viaan Industries of Kundra was linked to Kenrin in London, the owner of the “Hotshots” app, which is allegedly involved in publishing pornographic films. said a police officer.

“Although the company was registered in London, the creation of the content, the operation of the application and the accounting were done through Viaan Industries in Kundra,” said Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) at a press conference. Kenrin belongs to his brother-in-law Kundra, he said.

Police have gathered evidence establishing links between the two business entities, the official said.

Bharamb said they found the WhatsApp group, email exchanges, accounting details and some Pron Films.

“As incriminating evidence was gathered in this case, we arrested Raj Kundra and his IT chief Thor Thorpe,” he said, adding that “our probe into the case is underway”.

On Monday, police described him as a “key conspirator” in the Kundra case, which was registered on February 4 at the Mumbai police house in the Malwani district.

Due to the delay in the arrest of Kundra and the fact that a complaint form was filed in April, Bharamb said there is a lot of electronic evidence to be examined to build a strong case.

The money transfer, real ownership of the accounts, the content and the publisher had to be checked before the police took coercive measures, he added.

Police found the transfer of money in several bank accounts, Bharamb said, adding to the victims of the porn Films racket that only got thousands of rupees.

During the investigation, it was clarified that a company called Armsprime had prepared an application for Kenrin (Hotshots) and said that there were also individual applications.

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Viaan Industries had an agreement with Kenrin to create content that the UK entity would transfer to the company Kundra and the money on liability, police said.

The money from the subscription (for using the apps) came on behalf of Kenrin even though the management came from Mumbai, he said.

Before the Mumbai crime branch took the case, there was a complaint with Maharashtra Cyber ​​about the racket, Bharamb said.

Malwani police filed FIRs based on complaints received by the two women, and another woman lodged a complaint at the Lonavla police station, 120 kilometers from Mumbai.

The Mumbai crime branch began an investigation into the case in February 2021 after some victims approached the Malwana police station, he said.

It became clear during the investigation that some small artists were attracted by taking a break from some web series or stories, they said.

These actors were asked to audition and then asked to give “brave” scenes, which were later half-naked or half-naked scenes, which were against the actors ’wishes, Bharamb said.

During the investigation, it was clarified that there were many applications related to pornography in the cyber world, they said. Police arrested producer Roma Khan, her husband, actor Gehna Vashishth, director Tanveer Hashmi and Umesh Kamath (who oversaw the Indian operations of the Kundra company).

A total of 11 people have been arrested in the case so far, police said.

The branch of crime has so far frozen at least 7.50 million in various accounts of application operators, adding that as the crime progresses, there are also some wanted defendants.

“After the investigation, we put in some documentary evidence, electronic evidence and other evidence that came to us,” the official said. Because of the content, the app, which was in the middle of the racket, came out of the Apple store in June 2020, he said.

“What we see so far is that Kenrin could only be enacted to circumvent the law, which was not allowed in India … but all content creation, operations and account management were done in Mumbai,” he said.

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