Porn case 2 months after arrest Kundra gets bail may walk out of jail on Tuesday

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Mumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) A magistrate court here on Monday granted bail to businessman Raj Kundra, a key accused in a pornographic films case in which he was arrested two months ago.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SB Bhajipale allowed Kundra's bail application on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000.
Kundra's associate and co-accused Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him on July 19, was also granted bail by the court in the case pertaining to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.
The 46-year-old businessman is currently lodged in Arthur Road Jail in central Mumbai under judicial custody and is likely to walk out of the prison at around 9:30 am on Tuesday, his lawyer said.
Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the Mumbai police's crime branch after being booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.
Kundra moved a bail plea before the metropolitan magistrate court on Saturday last, days after the police filed a supplementary charge-sheet in the case.
In the plea, filed through advocate Prashant Patil, Kundra claimed there was not even an iota of evidence till date with the prosecution that would connect the app 'Hotshots', used in the alleged porn films racket, with an offence under law.
As per the probe agency, the 'Hotshots' app was being used by accused persons for uploading and streaming obscene content.
The businessman claimed there was no evidence of him being "actively" involved in creation of alleged questionable porn content.
Kundra alleged he has been falsely implicated, was not even named in the FIR and has been dragged by the respondent (police) in the case.
The businessman claimed in the plea that he is being made a "scapegoat" for reasons best known to investigators.
There is not a single allegation in the entire supplementary charge-sheet against Kundra, Patil submitted before the court.
Contents of the complaint in the case do not disclose any prima facie offence against the businessman, he said.
The public prosecutor opposed Kundra's application, saying just because the charge-sheet has been filed, it does not imply bail is to be granted to the accused.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bhajipale, after hearing both sides, allowed Kundra's application on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000.
The police, in their supplementary charge-sheet, had claimed Kundra was the "main facilitator" in the case and he along with other accused exploited young women struggling in the movie industry by filming them in obscene ways.
The nearly 1,500-page charge-sheet against Kundra and Thorpe was filed in the court on September 15 by the crime branch.
Besides Kundra and Thorpe, Yash Thakur, a resident of Singapore, and London-based Pardeep Bakshi have been shown as wanted accused in the charge-sheet. PTI AVI

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