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HC denies Raj Kundra’s bail, another FIR filed

Mumbai High Court, on Wednesday, denied the bail application of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shettys husband Raj Kundra in a porn case.

As per the latest updates, one more FIR has been registered in this case by a 21-year-old victim, who accused creators of forcing her to do bold scenes, which were broadcasted on Kundra’s platform- Hotshot app. As Kundra’s platform was involved, he would be charged too, said sources.

According to officials, the victim was forced to do nude scenes against her will on the false pretext of more pay, gifts and they also threatened to expose her identity.

The 45-year-old businessman was arrested a few days ago. He was accused of producing, distributing and selling adult content on digital platforms (Hotshot app and others). Based on the charges, the Mumbai Police arrested him and Kundra was sent into judicial custody.

His lawyers then filed a bail application challenging his arrest. Quoting it ?illegal? Kundra’s lawyers approached the Bombay High Court to have their client released immediately. Yesterday, the court had adjourned the hearing and today it denied Kundra’s bail application, which would now increase the time limit of his judicial custody.

Raj Kundra’s lawyer, Abad Ponda, had also objected in the court to the content being classified as pornography, arguing that similar material is available on OTT platforms like Netflix. Is the accused a terrorist?? argued Ponda.

Digital evidence in the case has been destroyed, quipped the public prosecutor.

This is a developing story. More updates to follow.

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SHOCKER: 4 gang rape monitor lizard in Maharashtra, record act on phone; get arrested

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Radhika Dhawad | Ratnagiri

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In the most unbelievable incident ever, four men were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). The reserve is spread over four districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

The gruesome incident took place at Gothane village in Ratnagiri district on March 31 when the four accused illegally entered Chandoli National Park (part of the reserve). One of the four was also carrying a gun for hunting.

The Maharashtra Forest Department checked the mobile phone of one of the accused and that’s when he learnt about the incident. The officials found the recording of the act, which showed the accused allegedly gang-raping the monitor lizard.

A forest official said the four accused were identified as Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.

The official said, “During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons. We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now. They have been asked to mark their presence before the forest officer, who is probing the case, every Monday.”
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” said field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat.

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ED attaches Sanjay Raut’s properties in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case; Raut tweets ‘Asatyamev Jayate’

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

 

Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Tuesday, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), attached Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s property in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case. The ED, in February, had also arrested his close friend Pravin Raut.

The ED attached Raut’s plot in Alibaug and one flat in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

After ED attached Raut’s properties, the latter tweeted, “Asatyamev Jayate (the lies win)”

 

The attachment is linked to a money laundering probe linked to an alleged scam related to the re-development of a chawl in Mumbai.

More details are awaited. 

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Wheelchair-bound Anil Deshmukh hospitalised at JJ Hospital after suffering shoulder injury

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Anil Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh

 

Wheelchair-bound former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is currently lodged at Arthur Road Jail, was hospitalised at JJ Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday after suffering a shoulder injury. The senior leader would undergo a surgery according to ANI.

 
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), today, reached Arthur Road jail to take custody of Deshmukh, his personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with an alleged money laundering case. 
 
Also, another team of CBI reached Taloja jail today to take custody of dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze vis-à-vis the same case. 
 
Amid opposition from Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, transferred the investigation against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to the CBI. 
 
Param Bir Singh

Param Bir Singh

 
Singh is currently facing cases of extortion, corruption and misconduct. He was removed as Mumbai Police Chief owing to his alleged mishandling of the Antilia (Mukesh Ambanis residence) bomb scare case. 
 
There are as many as five alleged corruption and extortion cases against Singh. On May 4 last year, he went missing to avoid probe against him. 
 
Later, he appeared before the Mumbai Crime Branch to record his statement after the Supreme Court granted him relief on the grounds that he wouldn’t be arrested.
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