New Delhi: Mumbai Police revealed that arrested businessman Raj Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi are the alleged masterminds of an international porn films racket perpetrated through their content production companies based in India and the United Kingdom.
Mumbai’s Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Milind Bharambe said that the two companies had a mobile app called ‘HotShots Digital Entertainment’, developed by Kenrin Ltd.
‘Hotshots’ is at the centre of all the controversy linked to businessman Raj Kundra and was allegedly being used to distribute pornographic content.
However, this app was removed by Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Meanwhile, the app’s Android Application Package (APK) is available on several websites. The app’s description on stores read, “HD videos & short movies with unmatched exposure” and promised “private content from hot photoshoots, short movies, and experience of the lifestyle of celebrities from all over the world”.
Moreover, the app also offered services like live communication with “some of the hottest models around the world” and original content was only accessible for paying subscribers.
As per the Mumbai Police, the Crime Branch registered a case related to pornographic films in February. “New actors were promised roles in web series and short stories and they were asked to do bold and nude scenes in auditions. Female actors opposed this and approached the Crime Branch based on which a case was registered. During the investigation, nine accused were arrested. Some people forcefully get such films produced,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Milind Bharambe said.
“During a detailed investigation, Raj Kundra’s company located in Viaan had a tie-up with a London-based company Kenrin that owns mobile application Hotshots. All nude content created in Mumbai was published on Hotshots, which was operated from Mumbai,” he added.