Raj Kundra is currently in police custody, after he was arrested in alleged porn production case. According to a report in TOI, the businessman and his team pocketed an average of Rs 5 lakh per movie that was released on mobile applications, including Hotshots. The police have frozen Rs 7.5 crore in various accounts connected to Raj Kundra.
The Mumbai Crime Branch have named Raj Kundra as the ‘key conspirator’ in the case involving creation and publishing of porn videos through the ‘Hotshots’ app. Mumbai’s Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Milind Bharambe said that the free to download app was yanked off by both Apple and Google Playstore for the type of its content. Raj Kundra has said that he sold ‘Hotshots’ for $25,000 in 2019. However, it is also being reported that Raj Kundra and his UK based brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi are worked together on this app. According to IANS, Raj is the owner of Viaan Industries Ltd, while Pradeep Bakshi — a British citizen, who is married to Kundra’s sister — is the Chairman of Kenrin Ltd., London. Both the companies worked on the mobile app called ‘HotShots Digital Entertainment’, developed by Kenrin Ltd. Raj Kundra reportedly supplied the content and controlled the UK firm from his Viaan Industries office.
Apart from Raj Kundra, the police have also arrested his IT person Ryan J. Tharpe. On Tuesday, both of them were remanded to police custody till July 23 by a Mumbai Magistrate Court. Previousl nine people have been arrested in this case, namely, TV actress Gehna Vashisht, Yasmin R. Khan, Monu Joshi, Pratibha Nalavade, M. Atif Ahmed, Dipankar P. Khasnavis, Bhanusurya Thakur, Tanvir Hashmi, and Umesh Kamath.