By Rajnish Singh
NEW DELHI :
RAJ KUNDRA, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, will soon face money laundering and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) cases against him as Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to register cases under these Acts against him. Sources said the Central agency, mandated to probe financial frauds related cases, may file a case against Kundra under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and FEMA by the end of this month anytime after July 26. It is learnt that Mumbai Police as per protocol will inform the ED to probe the financial irregularities in the case that also involves violation of foreign exchange. The ED will take the First Information Report (FIR) copy from Mumbai Police before starting its probe after filing a case.
The ED may issue a summon against Kundra under PMLA and FEMA before beginning questioning with him at its Mumbai office. Kundra, 45, was arrested by the Mumbai Police late on July 19 along with 11 other people on charges related to alleged creation of pornographic films and was placed in police custody till July 23. Currently, the case involves alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps. As the crime branch of the Mumbai Police has claimed before the Mumbai Court that Kundra was making financial gains through this illegal business by taking subscription fees from the users of these apps, the ED will investigate these charges after filing case against him under PMLA. I’m not involved with HotShots: Shilpa Shetty: IN A latest development in the controversial porn case involving Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra, the Bollywood actress has denied her involvement with the company or its nature of content and has pointed fingers at Kundra’s brother-in-law.
After a court hearing on Friday, the Crime Branch team raided the Juhu residence of Shilpa and Raj. The investigative team is looking for money trail and corresponding emails, which will incriminate the accused and his alleged involvement in pornographic content. According to police sources, Crime Branch officials recorded Shilpa Shetty’s statement in the case. The actress has denied her involvement in the company, claiming she was not aware of the exact content of HotShots. She also mentioned that erotica is different from porn, for which her husband has been accused of, and he is not involved in producing porn content. Sources claim that Shilpa Shetty named Raj Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi for running the functioning of the app and its operations.
After the case came to fore, Shilpa Shetty Kundra resigned from her husband’s Viaan Industries, and stepped away from her active entertainment projects involvement, which included a television reality show and her current film. Years after cricket betting fiasco, Raj Kundra has been again named in a controversy and arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch in the alleged pornography case. The court has extended Raj’s police custody till July 27, along with his IT Head Ryan Thrope.