Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty’s husband, was detained by Mumbai Police on July 19 in a pornography-related case. The Esplanade Court sentenced him to police imprisonment on July 20. His detention was prolonged to July 27 on July 23. The businessman appeared in court this morning, and the judge sentenced him to 14 days in judicial imprisonment.
The Mumbai Crime Branch reportedly requested additional detention for seven days in court, claiming that they had seized several papers and that the foreign financial transactions needed to be investigated further. Officials further stated that over Rs. 1 crore was put in Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty’s joint account, and that they have recorded Shilpa’s statement on the matter.
The investigation team has also contacted Google for information on the app HotShots, which was used to distribute pornographic images. Google has yet to respond to the team. In the meantime, Apple has reacted to the officials, stating why HotShots was deleted from their app store in June 2020.
Kundra’s defense lawyer said, “He has already spent more than 200 hours in police custody and if the court kept extending custody every time on such grounds then it will set a wrong precedent.”
Kundra and his IT director, Ryan Thorpe, were both placed in judicial detention by the court. The two will be sent to Taloja Jail or Arthur Road Jail.