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Mumbai Crime Branch Files Fresh FIRs against Gehana Vasisth and Raj Kundra's Associates

The FIRs were filed after two unnamed actors gave a detailed account of being forced by actor Gehana Vasisth to act in a porn film, which were later sold to mobile apps allegedly owned by Raj Kundra and his associates

Mumbai Crime Branch Files Fresh FIRs against Gehana Vasisth and Raj Kundra's Associates
Gehna Vasisth and Roma Khan were first arrested in February | Source: Instagram
Mumbai Crime Branch Files Fresh FIRs against Gehana Vasisth and Raj Kundra's Associates
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2021-07-28T13:19:18+05:30

Mumbai Crime Branch has lodged a FIR against Raj Kundra’s associates and actor Gehana Vasisth in a new case in connection with the porn scandal. The new case has been registered on the back of police complaints filed by two actors, in which they accused Vasisth, Roma Khan and Tanveer Hashmi of forcing them to act in porn movies. These movies/videos were later sold to apps owned by Kundra or his associates.

The First Information Report (FIR) was registered under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 420 (cheating), 392 (punishment for robbery), 393 (attempt to commit robbery), and provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and the Information Technology Act, the official added.   

The case was registered by the Crime Branch's property cell at Malwani police station on Tuesday. 

Vashisth, who was arrested in February this year and later granted bail, and two others were recently summoned by the Crime Branch's property cell.

Before the Mumbai Crime Branch took over the case, there was a complaint with the Maharashtra cyber department, from the two actors, about the porn films racket, a senior police official earlier said.

The Malwani police had filed FIRs on the basis of complaints received from two women, while another one woman had submitted a complaint at the Lonavla police station, around 120 km from Mumbai, he said.

Two women, in their twenties, had filed police complaints earlier this year, have now given a detailed account of being lured by the accused for parts in web-series and were later asked to shoot porn scenes instead.

Vasisth, along with Hashmi and Khan were the first few people to have been arrested by the police in relation to the case in February.

A 25-year-old complainant recalled, in her complaint, being driven to Madh Island in 2018 in Rova Khan's car for a film titled ‘Single Mother’. However, on reaching the spot, she was told she was too thin to play the role of a mother and was given the script of 'Bartanwali', instead.

She also accused them of offering her Rs 25,000 and was uncomfortable but was convinced by another woman on set who was reportedly playing the lead. For one scene, the woman recalled that she was forced to go nude and was threatened with dire consequences.

“After the threat, I agreed to do the scene after practising intimate scenes a few times while being half-naked. In the middle of this, women and men in plain clothes came into the room and said they are the police and the shooting stopped,” she said in her complaint.

The second woman, a 20-year-old, was offered Rs 10,000 to shoot for a web series. She was told that the show belonged to Vasisth. Shooting for the same was held in Mumbai's Madh Island. However, the victim objected to the same she was threatened by Vasisth saying that Rs 10 lakh was spent on production and she would have to pay the money if she refused to shoot.

 “The accused made me work in a porn film against my wishes. When I refused to work, they demanded Rs 10 lakh as damages. Then they defamed me by uploading the film on a website," she said.

The money was then transferred to her father's account and the film was uploaded on Nuefliks, which was owned by Raj Kundra’s associates.

The officials probing the case stated that over 100 such porn films have been made and uploaded on various platforms like Hotshots, and Nuefliks.

Raj Kundra was sent to 14-day judicial custody on Tuesday by the Bombay High Court, while Gehana Vasisth is currently out on bail.

(With Inputs From Pinkvilla and PTI)

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