The Mumbai Police Crime Branch was on Saturday informed by an employee of Viaan Industries about a mysterious cupboard “well concealed" in the wall of Raj Kundra’s office, following which fresh raids were conducted in connection with pornography case. Upon searching, the police recovered the said cupboard and some boxes which are now in their custody.
The revelation came to the fore when the police was questioning some of the Viaan Industries’ employees in connection with the pornography production case. The raids were also conducted at JL Stream.
According to a source in crime branch, the recovered boxes contain files related to financial exchanges and mainly related to cryptocurrency.
On being asked whether the same was used for online bets, the source said, “It is too early to comment since it is still being verified."
When further asked about missing the cupboard during their initial searches, crime branch sources said that it was built into a wall that was well concealed. “Kundra had not disclosed about this cupboard earlier," the source said.
Earlier in the day, investigating officers in the porn production case told News18 that Kundra was at a discussion stage and was trying to get into an international deal valued at 1.2 million US dollars by the sale of 121 “erotic" videos. Kundra’s two bank accounts, one from Union Bank of Africa and another from Yes Bank are currently under the scanner.
Cops also revealed that revenue from the porn content was allegedly used for online betting, using these two accounts. On Friday, Kundra arrived at his residence in Juhu with the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch team, where his wife and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was quizzed by the property cell on the porn racket. The police recorded her statement and also probed her bank accounts to check if the financial transaction had been made for the app subscription.
Meanwhile, model Sagarika Shona Suman lodged a complaint in Oshiwara police station claiming she has been receiving life-threatening calls ever since she complained against businessman Raj Kundra.
The police had earlier told the court that the 45-year-old businessman was gaining financially from the illegal activity of making and selling pornographic material. The police also claimed that they have seized Kundra’s mobile phone and its contents need to be scrutinised along with his business dealings and transactions have to be looked into. Kundra has been sent to police custody till July 27 as per an order following his arrest on July 19.