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Porn racket case: Shilpa Shetty says, “Too busy with my work, not aware of what Raj Kundra was up to”

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Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, September 16

As one of the 42 witnesses whose statements have been recorded in the porn case, Actress Shilpa Shetty has told the Mumbai Police she was too busy with her work to know what her jailed husband Raj Kundra was up to. This statement is a part of the over 1,400-page chargesheet that was submitted by the crime branch on Wednesday.

According to the chargesheet, Shilpa Shetty had told the police that she was not aware of her husband’s activities. She stated, “Kundra started Viaan Industries Limited in 2015 and I was one of the directors till 2020 when I resigned due to personal reasons.”

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The chargesheet says Raj Kundra used the Viaan Industries Limited office for the operations of the porn racket.

Shilpa Shetty also said that she was not aware of the controversial apps ‘Hotshots’ or ‘Bollyfame, linked to the porn racket. “I am not aware about the Hotshots or Bollyfame apps. I was too busy with my own work and hence, not aware about what Kundra was up to,” she said.

Businessman Raj Kundra, who is accused of producing and streaming porn on mobile apps, was arrested on July 19. Some of his employees too were arrested with him of whom four are said to have turned witnesses against him.

An officer in the chargesheet said that there is evidence submitted to show that Kundra, Thorpe, wanted accused Yash Thakur alias Arvind Kumar Shrivastava, a Singapore resident and Sandeep Bakshi, brother-in-law of Kundra who is based in the UK, were involved in running the portals where pornographic content was uploaded.

The police allege that Raj Kundra and his brother registered a company in UK to evade Indian cyber-laws.

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