Actor Shilpa Shetty has been listed as a witness in Mumbai Police’s charge sheet against her jailed husband Raj Kundra, who is accused of producing and streaming porn on mobile apps.
According to the 1,400-page charge sheet, Shilpa Shetty told the police she was not aware of her husband’s activities as she was busy with her own work.
“I was too busy with work, I did not know what Raj Kundra was up to,” the actor and reality show judge said in a statement included in the charge sheet filed before a Mumbai court today.
Shilpa Shetty’s statement also says she didn’t know of the controversial apps “Hotshots” or “Bollyfame”, both linked to the porn racket.
The actor has not commented on the charge sheet or the statement that quotes her.
The police accuse Raj Kundra, 45, of streaming porn content on these apps.
After “Hotshots” was removed from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store, another app, “Bollyfame”, was launched.
The charge sheet says the businessman used the premises of Viaan Industries Limited to run the porn racket.
Raj Kundra was arrested on July 19 along with several others, including employees; four employees are believed to have turned witnesses against him.
Raj Kundra has argued in court that the content can be classified as “erotica” but not pornographic and that similar material is available on OTT platforms like Netflix.
Laws against publishing and transmitting “obscene material” are tough in India, though watching pornography in private is legal.
The police allege that a UK-based company was set up by Raj Kundra and his brother and registered in that country so it could evade Indian cyber-laws.