On Saturday, the public prosecutor has informed the Bombay High Court that “51 pornographic films were seized” by the Mumbai Police Crime branch from two apps and Raj Kundra and Ryan Tharpe had been arrested as they have “started deleting WhatsApp group and chats”, therefore “destroying evidence”.
Aruna Pai, the public prosecutor, was opposing the duo’s separate objections to their arrest and remand, which they claimed were “illegal” since there was “no compliance” with a CrPC notice for their explanation, which is required when an offence has maximum of punishment of seven years.
At a hearing before the bench of Justice Ajay Gadkari which was done through video conferencing, Aruna Pai has said that the duo is accused of “serious offences of porn streaming content” and the police has “also seized material from phone and storage device”. She also told that there was an “email message from Kundra on his Hotshot app with Pardeep Bakshi, his brother-in-law, who owns a company in London”.
She said that the police has “found obscene and bold videos” as well as the information on the number of subscribers and payments received. Raj Kundra’s counsel Aabad Ponda had previously told that the police had not indicated any deleting of chats in their first remand and interrogated its non-inclusion. On Monday, the court will continue the hearing.