Pornography shooting at Madh Island bungalow led to Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra's arrest
Mumbai/IBNS: Businessman and Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra was arrested following an investigation of an alleged porn shoot inside a bungalow near Mumbai earlier this year, the police has said.
The investigation had started in February but went cold midway. It picked up pace again in the past weeks, the Mumbai Police said.
On Feb 4, chasing a tip-off, the police raided a bungalow in Madh Island, a popular beach getaway in north Mumbai.
Five people were caught shooting a porn film and were arrested.
The police swooped in when two persons were being filmed nude, "in intimate poses", said a police officer.
A woman who was saved from the Bungalow had filed a complaint, which had set off investigations.
Days after the raid, the police arrested two more in connection with the case- Rowa Khan, a producer of porn films according to the police, and an actor, Gehna Vasisht.
Gehna Vasisht, who is out on bail, said she was wrongly arrested as the film was "erotica", not porn.
The police then shifted their probe to apps on which the pornographic clips were uploaded and shared, especially "Hotshots".
During this time, Umesh Kamat was arrested, who worked for UK-based firm Kenrin Pvt Ltd.
Umesh Kamat also happened to be a former personal assistant of Raj Kundra and he reportedly named him during his questioning.
Kamat's arrest and the subsequent probe led the police to Raj Kundra, who was involved in the app.
During investigation, the police found that while Kenrin owned the app, the Mumbai-based company Viaan Industries, owned by Raj Kundra, was actively involved in running the Hotshots app.
The police believe Kenrin was used to upload the porn clips in order to get protected from the tough anti-pornography laws in India.
The clips were allegedly shot in hotels in India, transferred using WeTransfer to the UK and released on paid mobile apps.
The police searched Raj Kundra's office and found what they call incriminating evidence to establish that he was the key conspirator.
"We found agreement papers, emails , accounts WhatsApp chats and pornographic clips from his office during the search," Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police, told reporters.
Based on these findings, Raj Kundra was arrested.
Kundra has denied any involvement with the app and has claimed that he had sold the "Hotshots" app to another accused wanted by the police, Pradip Bakshi.
But the police said Kundra was kept routinely updated on the finances of the app.