In a major development to the Raj Kundra porn racket investigation, the media on Wednesday tracked down the office of Kenrin Limited – the London-based company which is allegedly behind the production of illegal pornographic content. The company is owned by Pradeep Bakshi, who is a close relative of Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra – a key accused in the porn racket case. The investigation in Mumbai has so far revealed that businessman Raj Kundra’s company Viaan used Kenrin Limited to upload porn videos on the Hotshots app. Raj Kundra was a crucial member in developing the app ‘Hotshots’, which is a ‘video-on-demand service that provides premium digital entertainment,’ the Mumbai Police said in its briefing on Tuesday. According to sources, Shilpa Shetty’s husband was ‘instrumental’ in using the ‘Hotshots’ app to distribute the aforementioned explicit content.
Earlier in the day, the media accessed exclusive bank details of Raj Kundra, which revealed daily transactions worth Rs 3-5 lakh through the alleged porn content app. The last transaction between the two accounts, as per the details, is as of January 2021, a month before a case was filed against Kundra. The Mumbai Police during its searches came across Kundra’s daily monetary transactions through the Hotshots application. Police suspect that the money made from selling the content outside India was also being diverted into other businesses.
On Tuesday, the Mumbai Police revealed how arrested Raj Kundra had shared details about his business and the way he operated the porn film racket. The Mumbai Crime Branch revealed that Shilpa Shetty’s husband had established a partnership with his UK-based brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi’s company, Kenrin Limited. Making daily transactions worth 3-5 lakhs, Raj Kundra’s business flourished during the lockdown, the police said.