Actor Shilpa Shetty has been cited as a witness in the Mumbai Police indictment against her jailed husband Raj Kundra, who is accused of producing and distributing porn on mobile apps.
According to the indictment, Shilpa Shetty had told police that she was not aware of her husband’s activities.
“I was too busy with work, I didn’t know what Raj Kundra was doing,” said the actor’s statement, which is part of the 1,400-page indictment filed by Mumbai Police .
Shilpa Shetty also told police she was not aware of the controversial “Hotshots” or “Bollyfame” apps, both of which are linked to porn racketeering.
After the removal of “Hotshots” on pornographic content from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, another application, Bollyfame, was launched.
The indictment says businessman Raj Kundra, 45, used the premises of Viaan Industries Limited to manage the day-to-day operations of the porn racketeering.
Raj Kundra was arrested on July 19 along with several other people, including employees; four employees reportedly turned witnesses against him.
Raj Kundra argued in court that the content can be characterized as “lascivious” but not pornographic and that similar material is available on OTT platforms like Netflix.
Laws against posting and transmitting “obscene material” are strict in India, although viewing pornography in private is legal.
Police allege that a UK-based company was set up by Raj Kundra and his brother and registered in that country in order to escape Indian cyber laws.