Bombay high court to hear Raj Kundra’s bail plea today in pornography case

On Thursday, the Bombay high court will hear the bail petition filed by businessman and husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, who has been arrested in connection with creation of pornographic films. On Tuesday, the court had refused to give any relief to Kundra. and adjourned the hearing on his bail plea to July 29. The court has asked the investigating officer to remain present during the hearing.

Kundra was arrested on July 19 along with 11 others on charges related to alleged creation of pornographic films. Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe are currently under judicial custody and were sent to the judicial remand for 14 days by a magistrate’s court on Tuesday. He moved the magistrate’s court for bail, which rejected his petition on Wednesday.

During the hearing on Kundra’s bail plea in the high court on Tuesday, his lawyers Aabad Ponda and Subhash Jadhav argued that the police failed to follow the procedure laid down in law and ought to have first issued a notice under section 41A of the CRPC, instead of arresting the businessman directly. Public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai refuted the claim and said that a notice was indeed issued to Kundra before he was placed under arrest.