Mumbai: cops on Tuesday opposed the bail petition of businessman Raj Kundra, caught last month for alleged creation and streaming of pornographic content through apps, saying it would convey a wrong message to society.
Cops also told the court he might repeat the crime again if released on bail or even try to evade.
Kundra, who is in judicial custody, in his bail petition, said the police had logged a charge sheet in April, and his name did not figure in it nor in the FIR related to the case.
The petition said the charges named in the charge sheet are out on bail, adding that the magistrate’s court “made a mistake” in rejecting his bail earlier.
“The entire decree is grounded on conjectures and surmises and deserves to be set aside. The magistrate failed to appreciate that there is no material against the applicant to even show his so-called engagement in the alleged offence,” Kundra’s plea added.
Thus, in reply, the police on Tuesday said the crime is of “serious nature” and they were still investigating where all the videos were uploaded.
The police told the court that if the defendant is granted bail, he will continue to commit similar crimes by uploading obscene videos, which will affect our culture and send misinformation to society.
He also claimed that Kundera is a relative of the escaped defendant, Pradip Bakshi, and is likely to contact him to help the latter avoid investigation.
As a British citizen, Kundera can escape if he is released on bail. The police also informed the court.
The police stated that due to their ties to the film industry, they could not deny that these videos could be uploaded outside of India. The victims in the case were women with poor economic backgrounds. If the defendants were released on bail, they may not be able to provide key evidence, police said.
The court announced the matter on August 20 for trial.
In another development, the opening court here on Tuesday rejected Kundra’s early bail statement in a pornographic content-related case registered by the police in Mumbai last year.