Raj Kundra's first photos after walking out of Mumbai jail in pornographic films case

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New Delhi: Businessman Raj Kundra walked out of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail on Tuesday. He was granted bail a day back by the magistrate court in pornographic films case. 

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SB Bhajipale on Monday allowed Kundra’s bail application on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000, as per a report in PTI. Raj Kundra’s associate and co-accused Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him on July 19, was also granted bail by the court in the case pertaining to the alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.

Actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband was lodged in Arthur Road Jail in central Mumbai under judicial custody. As he walked out of the jail after 2 months, the businessman was surrounded by paparazzi and reporters. Here are the first visuals of him coming out from the famous Arthur Road Jail premises: 

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He was arrested by the Mumbai police’s crime branch after being booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act. 

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On Saturday, Raj Kundra moved a bail plea before the metropolitan magistrate court, days after the police filed a supplementary charge-sheet in the case. In the plea, filed through advocate Prashant Patil, Kundra claimed there was not even an iota of evidence till date with the prosecution that would connect the app ‘Hotshots’, used in the alleged porn films racket, with an offence under law. 

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As per the probe agency, the ‘Hotshots’ app was being used by accused persons for uploading and streaming obscene content. The businessman claimed there was no evidence of him being “actively” involved in creation of alleged questionable porn content. Kundra alleged he was falsely implicated, was not even named in the FIR and was dragged by the respondent (police) in the case. 

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The businessman claimed in the plea that he is being made a “scapegoat” for reasons best known to investigators. There is not a single allegation in the entire supplementary charge-sheet against Kundra, Patil submitted before the court. Contents of the complaint in the case do not disclose any prima facie offence against Kundra, he said.

The public prosecutor opposed Kundra’s application, saying just because the charge-sheet has been filed, it does not imply bail is to be granted to the accused. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bhajipale, after hearing both sides, allowed Kundra’s application on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000. The police, in their supplementary charge-sheet, had claimed Kundra was the “main facilitator” in the case and he along with other accused exploited young women struggling in the movie industry by filming them in obscene ways. 

The nearly 1,500-page charge-sheet against Kundra and Thorpe was filed in the court on September 15 by the crime branch. Besides Kundra and Thorpe, Yash Thakur, a resident of Singapore, and London-based Pardeep Bakshi have been shown as wanted accused in the charge-sheet.

(With PTI inputs)


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