India's Enforcement Directorate on Thursday registered a money laundering case against Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra. The new case was registered in connection to the pornography case for which he was arrested.
The case had originally begun in February 2021 when he was arrested by Mumbai Police for running an alleged porn racket by forcing women to star in adult movies. According to the Hindustan Times, this time the ED will probe into the financial transactions pertaining to the case.
In the investigation last year, it was revealed that Kundra was allegedly the key conspirator in the case. According to the publication, the content was being distributed over subscription-based mobile applications HotHit Movies and Hotshots as well as websites Hothitmovies, Nuefliks and Escapenow.
As of recent, the Hotshots app has been taken down from Google play store. The mobile app was developed by Armsprime Media Private Limited, a company founded by Kundra himself. The app was later sold to Kenrin Limited, a UK based firm owned by the businessman's brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi.
The publication quoted Indian police as saying they retrieved pornographic clips from Kundra's office and also found WhatsApp chats that proves he wasn't a part of the UK-based firm and that he was the one running day-to-day operations of uploading the content on the app.
It's not the first illegal activity that Kundra was said to be a part of. About seven years ago, Kundra was banned for life from all cricket-related activities in 2015, following an investigation into match-fixing during his stint as the co-owner with Shetty of the Rajasthan Royals, a franchise in the hugely successful Indian Premier League.