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Porn Films Case: Mumbai Police Arrests Director of One of Raj Kundra’s Firms

Abhijeet Bomble, a director of one of Kundra's firm, was arrested by the Mumbai police's crime branch, said an official.

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Raj Kundra (Photo: @rajkundra9/Instagram)

Mumbai: A director of one of Raj Kundra’s companies was arrested in connection with the pornography case against the businessman on Thursday (August 12), city police said.

Abhijeet Bomble, a director of one of Kundra’s firm, was arrested by the Mumbai police’s crime branch, said an official.

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A related offense was registered at Malvani police station on the complaint of a 25-year-old model who alleged that she was promised roles in shorts films and web series, but in the name of bold scenes she was forced to perform nude scenes. Bomble was named as one of the accused in this case, the police official said.

Kundra was arrested on July 19 in a case of alleged production and streaming of pornographic content on apps.

Meanwhile the Bombay High Court rejected the pleas filed by Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe, challenging their arrest and subsequent remand orders passed by the metropolitan magistrate’s court in the case.

Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, and Thorpe, in their petitions, had termed their arrest as illegal, saying that the mandatory provision of issuing a notice under section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) had not been followed.

They had urged the high court to order for their immediate release and quash two orders passed by the magistrate’s court remanding them to custody.

As per section 41A of the CrPC, the police may, in cases where arrest is not warranted, initially only issue summons to an accused person and record his or her statement.

The police had claimed that such a notice had been served, but Kundra had refused to accept it.

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Chief public prosecutor Aruna Pai, who appeared for the police, told the high court that several video clips had been recovered from Kundra’s laptop, and there existed enough evidence against him and Thorpe to warrant their arrest and custody.

They were booked under several sections of the IPC and the IT Act on charges of voyeurism, sale of obscene content, cheating, destruction of evidence, and transmission of sexually explicit material, etc. 

(With inputs from PTI)