List Of Scandalous Controversies That Involved Raj Kundra
If you think that the adult film racket case is the first case involving Bollywood celebrity Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra, you were probably living under a rock. Well, there are tons of cases that involved the name of the businessman who is currently under arrest in connection with an adult film racket. It’s not the first time that Kundra has been put under the spotlight or appearing on the first page of every entertainment-based newspaper. While digging about the past cases of the businessman, it seemed Kundra has always been marred with controversies and grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
From bitcoins to the recent pornography case, here is the list of controversies that involved businessman Raj Kundra:
Alleged connection with don Dawood Ibrahim
Reportedly, like many in Bollywood, Raj Kundra also had some connection with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. In 2019, Kundra was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate after the ED found documents related to business dealings between Kundra and Ranjeet Bindra, a close-aid of Dawood Ibrahim’s henchman Iqbal Mirchi.
The IPL-match-fixing scandal
Raj Kundra’s name popped up in the very famous case of the IPL match-fixing scandal along with other celebrities like Vindu Dara Singh, Arbaaz Khan and cricket player Sreesanth. However, Raj Kundra was later acquitted after he confessed that he was betting but not match-fixing.
The IPL betting scandal
Raj Kundra is a former co-owner of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals. In the year 2013, Kundra was arrested by the Delhi Police for his involvement in betting, which is illegal in India. It was alleged that Kundra used to place bets in the Indian Premier League through bookie Umesh Goenka. After the case, he was banned for life from all cricket-related activities by the Supreme Court and his team, Rajasthan Royals, was also barred from taking part in IPL for two years.
The Gold Card Scheme
In March 2020, an NRI businessman named Sachin Joshi filed a complaint of fraudulence and cheating against Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra, claiming that both of them duped him when they were directors of the Satyug Gold Pvt. Ltd, a gold-trading company. The NRI said that he was cheated by SGPL’s Satyug Gold Scheme, which was a five-year gold plan and promised a certain fixed quantity of gold redeemable after the end of the five year locking period. However, the NRI’s spokesperson told IANS that after he went to redeem his gold assets, he found that the SGPL office was shut with no employees. Later on, when he searched on the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, he was stunned to know that both Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra had resigned as directors of SGPL in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Mr Joshi said that he lost INR 18.58 lakh on the gold investment.
The Bitcoin Scam
IN 2018, Raj Kundra was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for his alleged role in an INR 2000 crore bitcoin scam. He was summoned due to his suspected links with two businessmen, Amit Bhardwaj and his brother Vivek Bhardwaj. They were the directors of GainBitcoin that reportedly cheated more than 8,000 people through a scheme. Kundra allegedly promoted one of the platforms held by the Bhardwaj brothers.
The businessman has been arrested by the Mumbai Police in connection with an adult film racket. Raj Kundra’s name appeared after it was alleged that he created pornographic films and published them through mobile applications. The businessman has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention),292 and 293 (related to obscenity and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The racket was busted after a woman approached the Mumbai police in February, accusing Kundra of luring young men and women in the name of offering roles in web series and then allegedly forcing them to make pornographic content instead. Many famous personalities, including Poonam Pandey and Sherlyn Chopra, have earlier accused Raj Kundra of bringing them to the adult film industry.
The Pornographic Case So Far:
Over the past two days, the crime branch officials raided Raj Kundra’s office and found a concealed cupboard. Currently, the officials are investigating Kundra’s link to other adult content apps. As per reports, the Crime Branch has recovered at least 70 videos that were shot by Raj Kundra’s former PA, Umesh Kamat. Meanwhile, there have been reports that Kundra’s p**n business flourished during the lockdown, and the businessman began earning in lakhs on a daily basis. The Crime Branch has also seized Kundra and Shetty’s joint account after discovering some suspicious international transactions. Currently, the Crime Branch officials are planning to clone wife and actor Shilpa Shetty’s phone and are likely to interrogate her again.
Stay tuned for all the latest updates about the Raj Kundra pornography case.