Sun. Aug 1st, 2021
Pornographic films case: WhatsApp Chats reveal Raj Kundra planned another app after Hotshots was blocked

Mumbai: Purported WhatsApp chats among businessman Raj Kundra, arrested in an alleged porn movies racket, and other members of a group advised he had a ‘Plan B’ in area soon after Google Perform took down ‘Hotshots’, the OTT app at the centre of the unlawful exercise, due to policy violations, police sources mentioned on Wednesday.

The ‘Plan B’ concerned launching a new application to carry on the unlawful organization of creating and circulating pornographic written content, they mentioned. Raj Kundra (45), husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Monday evening in a situation, which it mentioned, relevant to the alleged creation of pornographic movies and publishing them via some apps. He is in police custody until July 23. 

At least 4 screenshots of purported WhatsApp chats have surfaced on social media in which Kundra was allegedly observed discussing about the ‘Plan B’ with yet another member on ‘H ACCOUNTS’ group, the sources mentioned. A member of the group shares a screenshot of the mail, which was obtained from Google Perform Workforce about standing of the app (‘Hotshots’), to which Kundra allegedly replied, “…Prepare B commenced max two-three weeks new app will be reside iOS and Android it really is a blessing.” 

Through this conversation, a member named as Rob Digital Marketing and advertising Hotshots asks Kundra, “till then, can we deactivate all the daring movies and the Appeal yet again the Perform keep”, the chats showed. In yet another screenshot of private chat with a member on November ten, the member informed Kundra, “until BF (Bollyfame) is up let us come across out way to sustain HS (Hotshots).” 

There was also discussion on getting rid of “exceptionally daring written content” from the platform for the time becoming, the sources mentioned. On October eleven, members of ‘H ACCOUNTS’ WhatsApp group talked about about reside income of Rs one.85 lakh and film sale of Rs four.52 lakh, which was appreciated by Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi, who was also allegedly component of the racket. 
Kundra’s Viaan Industries had a tie-up with London-based mostly corporation Kenrin, which owns ‘Hotshots’, the OTT platform allegedly concerned in publishing pornographic movies, a senior police official had mentioned on Tuesday. Kenrin is owned by the brother-in-law of Kundra, he had mentioned. Due to its objectionable written content, ‘Hotshots’ was suspended by Google Perform Shop and Apple App Shop final yr. 

On Monday, the police had described Kundra as the “crucial conspirator” of the situation, which was registered on February four at the Malwani police station in suburban Mumbai. In all, eleven individuals have been arrested so far in the situation, the police have mentioned. 

Kundra has been booked underneath sections 420 (cheating), 34 (typical intention), 292 and 293 (relevant to obscene and indecent ads and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) moreover pertinent sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Gals (Prohibition) Act.


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