‘Plan B’ involved the launch of a new app to run the illegal business of producing and circulating pornographic content, they said.
Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the Mumbai criminal branch on Monday night in a case, which he said, related to the alleged creation of pornographic films and their publication through some apps. He is in police custody until July 23.
At least four screenshots of alleged WhatsApp chats have appeared on social media where Kundra was allegedly seen discussing ‘Plan B’ with another member of the ‘H ACCOUNTS’ group, the sources said.
A group member shared a screenshot of the email, which was received from the Google Play team on the status of the app (‘Hotshots’), to which Kundra allegedly replied: “… Plan B started at most 2 -3 weeks new will be available on iOS and Android, it’s a blessing. ”
During this conversation, a member named Rob’s Digital Marketing Hotshots Kundra asks, “Until then, we can turn off all the bold movies and Appeal back to the Play Store,” the chats showed.
In another screenshot of a personal chat with a member on November 10, the member told Kundra, “Until BF (Bollyfame) is ready, let’s find a way to keep HS (Hotshots).”
There was also a discussion about removing “extremely bold content” from the platform, for the time being, sources said.
On October 11, members of WhatsApp group ‘H ACCOUNTS’ discussed live income of Rs 1.85 lakh and movie sales of Rs 4.52 lakh, which was appreciated by Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi, who was also allegedly part of the business.
Kundra’s Viaan Industries had an alliance with the London-based company Kenrin, which owns ‘Hotshots’, the OTT platform allegedly involved in the publication of pornographic films, a senior law enforcement official said Tuesday. Kenrin is owned by Kundra’s brother-in-law, he had said. Due to their objectionable content, the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store suspended ‘Hotshots’ last year.
On Monday, the police had described Kundra as the “key conspirator” in the case, which was registered on February 4 at the Malwani Police Station in the suburbs of Mumbai. In all, 11 people have been arrested so far in the case, police said. Kundra has been registered under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intent), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in addition to the relevant sections of the IT Act and Indecent Representation of Women’s Law (Prohibition).
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