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Exclusive bank details reveal Raj Kundra made lakhs in a day through porn films on Hotshots


New Delhi: Actress Shilpa Shetty’s businessman husband Raj Kundra has been despatched to police custody until July 23. He was arrested by the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police in a case regarding the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps on Monday night time (July 19, 2021). 

At least 11 individuals together with Raj Kundra have been arrested in the case for alleged involvement in a case regarding the manufacturing of pornography. With his arrest, as soon as once more Bollywood’s darkish underbelly is beneath the scanner. 

With unique details of Bank account with Zee News, it has been learnt that Raj Kundra made lakhs of cash in a day through the Hotshots app with porn films. Also, his firm was concerned in a large quantity of bank transfers through this app.

December 22, 2020, Rs 3 lakh transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

December 25, 2020, Rs 1 Lakh transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

December 26, 2020, Rs 10 lakh transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

December 28, 2020, Rs 50, 000 transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

January 3, 2021, Rs 2, 50, 000 transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

January 10, 2021, Rs 3 lakh transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

January 13, 2021, Rs  2 lakh transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

January 20, 2021, Rs 1 lakh transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

January 23, 2021, Rs 95, 000 transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

February 3, 2021, Rs 2, 70,000 transferred from a HotHit account to this XX790 account.

Kundra was booked beneath IPC Sections 420 (dishonest), 34 (frequent intention), 292 and 293 (associated to obscene and indecent ads and shows), and related sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, he stated.

Kundra’s Viaan Industries had a tie-up with London-based firm Kenrin, which owns the ‘Hotshots’ app, allegedly concerned in publishing pornographic films, a senior police official stated. “Though the company was registered in London, the content creation, operation of the app and accounting was done through Kundra’s Viaan Industries,” stated Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), at a press briefing. 

Kenrin is owned by the brother-in-law of Kundra, he stated. 

The police have gathered proof that establishes connections between the 2 enterprise entities, the officer stated. They have discovered their WhatsApp teams, e-mail exchanges, accounting details and a few pron films after a search of Kundra’s Mumbai workplace, Bharambe stated. “As incriminating evidence was collected in this case, we arrested Raj Kundra and his IT head Ryan Thorpe,” he stated, including “our probe in the case is on”. 

Speaking concerning the delay in Kundra’s arrest in the case in which a cost sheet was filed in April, Bharambe stated there have been many digital proof to be scanned to construct a robust case. Transfer of cash, actual possession of accounts, the content material and writer had been to be verified earlier than the police may take coercive motion, he added. The police discovered switch of cash in numerous bank accounts, Bharambe stated, including victims of the porn films racket used to get solely a few hundreds rupees. 

During the investigation, it got here to gentle that a firm named Armsprime had ready the app (Hotshots) for Kenrin and there have been particular person apps additionally, he stated. Viaan Industries had an settlement with Kenrin concerning the duty of content material creation and cash for that was transferred to Kundra’s agency by the UK-based entity, the police officer stated. Subscription cash (for utilizing apps) used to come back in the title of Kenrin although the administration was from Mumbai, he stated. Before the Mumbai crime department took over the case, there was a criticism with the Maharashtra Cyber concerning the racket, Bharambe stated. 

The Malwani police had filed FIRs on the premise of complaints obtained from two girls, whereas one other one lady had submitted a criticism on the Lonavla Police Station, round 120km from Mumbai, he stated. The Mumbai crime department had began investigation into the case after some victims approached the Malwani police station in February 2021, he stated. 

During investigation it got here to gentle that some small-time artistes had been lured by giving them break in some net sequence or quick tales, he stated. These actors had been referred to as for auditions and had been requested to present ‘daring’ scenes, which later turned out to be semi nude or nude scenes, which had been towards the desires of the actors, Bharambe stated. 

During the investigation, it additionally got here to gentle that there have been many porn-related apps which had been working in the cyber world, he stated. The police then arrested producer Roma Khan, her husband, actress Gehna Vashishth, director Tanveer Hashmi and Umesh Kamath (who used to take care of India operations of Kundra’s agency), he stated. In all, 11 individuals have been arrested up to now in the case, the police officer stated. The crime department has up to now frozen at the very least Rs 7.50 crore in numerous accounts of apps operators as a crime proceeds, he stated, including there are some needed accused too. 

“After the investigation, we laid our hands on some documentary evidence, some electronic evidence and some other evidence that came to us,” the officer stated. Because of the content material, the app on the centre of the racket was taken down from the Apple retailer in June 2020, he stated. “As of now what we see is that Kenrin might have got established only to bypass laws because in India it was not allowed…But all the content creation, operations and account management were done in Mumbai,” he stated. 

(With PTI inputs)

 



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