Raj Kundra, UK-based kin ‘masterminded’ international porn racket: Police

Raj Kundra, UK-based kin 'masterminded' global porn racket: Police - Times of India

The Mumbai Police on Tuesday made a stunning revelation that arrested businessman Raj Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi are the alleged masterminds of a global porn movies racket perpetrated via their content material manufacturing firms based mostly in India and the UK.

The husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Kundra is the proprietor of Viaan Industries Ltd, collectively promoted by the couple, whereas Bakshi — a British citizen, who’s married to Kundra’s sister — is the Chairman of Kenrin Ltd., London.

Mumbai’s Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Milind Bharambe mentioned that the 2 firms had a cellular app referred to as ‘HotShots Digital Leisure’, developed by Kenrin Ltd.

The HotShots app is described because the “world’s first 18+ app” showcasing a number of the hottest fashions and celebs globally in unique photographs, quick movies and scorching movies — implying soft-to-hard porn.

“The free to obtain app was yanked off by each Apple and Google Playstore for the kind of its content material. The Mumbai Police have recovered incriminating evidences like a number of HotShot movies, video clips, WhatsApp chats, and so on. throughout the investigation,” Bharambe instructed a crowded media gathering.

He mentioned that the probe into your complete affair of Kundra began in February 2021 with the Malvani police station blowing the lid off by lodging a grievance about pornographic content material being produced and shot at some bungalows within the distant Madh Island and its environment within the coastal areas of Malad in north-west Mumbai.

The police probe made startling revelations of how new or aspiring actresses coming to Mumbai from throughout India had been lured with work provides briefly movies, net collection and different motion pictures.

“They had been referred to as for auditions and after choice made to do daring scenes, which went onto semi-nude after which full-nude shoots. A few of them strongly opposed this and had approached the police,” Bharambe mentioned.

After making the content material, the 2 firms — Viaan and Kendrin — made them accessible on cellular apps, providing subscriptions akin to the mainstream OTT platforms, promote them on social media, all of which had been unlawful as pornography in any type is banned in India.

Following the investigations by the Malvani Police and later by the Crime Department-CID and Property Cell, no less than 12 arrests have been made up to now, together with Kundra, his techie affiliate Ryan J. Tharpe, who had been remanded to police custody until July 23 by a Mumbai Justice of the Peace Court docket.

The 9 individuals arrested earlier embrace TV actress Gehna Vashisht, 32, Yasmin R. Khan, 40, Monu Joshi, 28, Pratibha Nalavade, 33, M. Atif Ahmed, 24, Dipankar P. Khasnavis, 38, Bhanusurya Thakur, 26, Tanvir Hashmi, 40, and Umesh Kamath, 39.

An in depth confidante of Kundra, Kamat was heading the India operations of Viaan, which additionally dealt with the total operations of HotShots, together with content material creations, accounts and different particulars, together with Kendrin Ltd., police mentioned.

Authoritative Bollywood and police sources declare that the continued probe into the Kundra matter “possibly simply the tip of the porno-iceberg” that thrives within the leisure circles, aided or abetted by some high-profile ‘mannequin or appearing coordinators’ in south Mumbai and western suburbs, with big stakes concerned.

“There are darkish rumours of even many huge celebs, models-actors-actresses being concerned on this. ‘Intercourse-rave events’ are organised at secret places in India and overseas the place the acts are filmed, and later packaged as ‘scorching content material’ and offered for tens of millions on varied media platforms all around the world,” a high producer instructed IANS, on situation of anonymity.

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