New Delhi: A Mumbai court Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, S.B. Bhajipale, on Wednesday refused to grant bail to businessman Raj Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe in the situation pertaining to alleged manufacturing and distribution of porn information.
Accordingly, Kundra, a British nationwide who was arrested by the Mumbai Police on July 19, will continue to be in judicial custody until August ten, as ordered by the magistrate court on Tuesday.
Kundra, as a result of senior advocate Abad Ponda, had filed a separate petition in the Bombay Substantial Court demanding his arrest, which he contended was ‘illegal’, and appealed to quash all the orders of the Metropolitan Magistrate Court remanding him to police and then judicial custody.
Nonetheless, on Tuesday, Justice A.S. Gadkari refused to grant any interim relief to Kundra ahead of hearing the police edition in the matter. The following hearing is scheduled for Thursday (July 29).
Kundra is the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Final week, the police had raided their Juhu property and recorded Shilpa’s statement, even as the situation sent shockwaves in Bollywood.
Generating a sturdy plea for bail on Wednesday, Ponda mentioned that the chargesheet has presently been filed in the situation and invoked grounds of parity saying all the other accused are enlarged on bail.
He contended that some of the other accused have been booked below far much more significant fees in contrast to Kundra, who could encounter jail phrase for a optimum of 7 many years.
Opposing the bail plea, the public prosecutor mentioned that a 2nd FIR has also been registered in the situation, the economic audit of Kundra’s providers is nonetheless to be finished and much more victims are coming forward with their grievances.
The public prosecutor pointed out that Thorpe is an IT skilled who could ruin electronic proof, and that the accused are “wealthy and influential men and women”.
Asking whether or not the accused (Kundra) “is a terrorist”, Ponda even more argued that the accused has a loved ones and his property right here, so there is no query of him not staying accessible for investigations, and if an offence does not appeal to a existence phrase or death penalty, then bail is the norm.
He even more informed the court that the chance of tampering with proof — as claimed by the prosecution — could be accurate for all the other accused launched on bail, but Kundra are not able to flee because the police have taken his passport.
Soon after hearing each the events, Bhajipale rejected Kundra’s bail plea.
Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai Police and charged below many sections of Indian Penal Code, the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Ladies (Prohibition) Act, for allegedly building pornographic information and distributing them as a result of porn apps like HotShots.