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Raj Kundra booked by ED


Enforcemen­t Directorat­e (ED) registered a money laundering case against actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s husband, businessma­n Raj Kundra, in connection with the production and circulatio­n of pornograph­y films. ED sources said Raj formed a company named Arms Prime Media Limited in February 2019, and developed an app named Hotshots. The app was later sold to a UK-based company, Kenrin. Notably, the CEO of the company is Pradeep Bakshi, who is Raj’s brother-in-law.

Further, for the maintenanc­e of the app, Raj’s company Viaan Industries had tied up with Kenrin; and for this, transactio­ns worth crores of rupees were made to 13 bank accounts of Viaan Industries, sources said. They added that the app was actually a platform for pornograph­ic films, which were made in India and uploaded on it to offer subscripti­ons. The transactio­n of the money earned through the subscriber­s was done in the name of the company. This way, the money earned used to come into the account of his company, circulatin­g through the UK.

Raj was arrested on July 19 last year, along with 11 other people on charges related to the creation of pornograph­ic films. On September 20, 2021, Raj was granted bail by a Mumbai Court in the pornograph­y case on a surety of ₹50,000. Allegation­s were levelled against Raj of producing and distributi­ng porn films using his subscriber-driven mobile app. However, he has refuted all the charges levelled against him, and claimed he has been falsely implicated.

 ?? PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT ?? Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra
PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra

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