Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, has been arrested in India for allegedly producing and broadcasting pornography in India. 

The 45-year-old businessman was taken into police custody in Mumbai on Monday with authorities claiming they have ‘sufficient evidence’ that he is a ‘key conspirator’ in a porn production ring. 

Kundra, who was born and raised in Britain, has denied any wrongdoing and will be held in police custody until Friday. 

According to the Times of India, Mumbai Police Commissioner, Hemant Nagrale, confirmed the arrest in a statement which said: ‘There was a case registered with Crime Branch Mumbai in February 2021 about the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps. 

‘We’ve arrested Mr Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the key conspirator of this.’ 

Kundra is said to have been booked for ‘obscene and indecent advertisements and displays’ under the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act. If convicted, Kundra faces up to seven years in jail.

He is expected to appear in Mumbai’s CMM Court on Tuesday. 

Bollywood actress and model Poonam Pandey expressed her concern for Shetty in light of Kundra’s arrest, and told a local news outlet: ‘At this moment my heart goes out to Shilpa Shetty & her kids. I can’t imagine what she must be going through.’

Shetty, 46, married Kundra in 2009 and the couple share two children; son Viaan Raj, nine, and daughter Samisha, who they welcomed via surrogate in February 2020. 

The actress is one of Bollywood’s most successful stars but rose to fame in the UK after appearing on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2007 alongside the likes of Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd. 

Metro.co.uk has contacted Shetty’s rep for comment.

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