FPJ Legal: Definition of obscenity is subjective, Raj Kundra’s counsel to Bombay HC

10:31 PM Oct 12, 2021 | Staff Reporter

Businessman and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband, Raj Kundra has contended that definition of obscenity is very subjective.

The arguments to his effect were made before justice Nitin Sambre of the Bombay high court during the hearing in anticipatory bail filed by Kundra in an alleged porn film racket case registered by Cyber Crime Cell of Mumbai police in November 2020.


The HC has also asked Kundra to submit a copy of the 4,000-page charge sheet filed against him in the porn films racket case which was registered by the Property Cell of the Mumbai police. The crime branch had arrested Kundra in July, and he was granted bail in September.


On Tuesday, Kundra’s lawyers – counsel Shirish Gupte and advocate Prashant Patil – argued that the concept of obscenity was subjective definition. The sections of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act under which Kundra has been booked are all bailable.

Gupte argued that Kundra neither created the content not broadcast the same. He only prepared the OTT platform which he then gave to celebrities to connect with their fans. Besides, none of the content is public and it is a paid subscription, argued Gupte.

He further argued that the material found is obscene, but the word obscene is not defined in the IT Act or any other law.

Gupte also argued that none of the actors, who are also co-accused in the case – Poonam Pandey and Sherlyn Chopra, have alleged exploitation. In fact, there is dispute over the payments.

Pandey’s advocate Sudeep Pasbola and Chopra’s advocate too contended that the platform was not for the general public and that it was subscriber-based.

All the advocates argued that platform has since been closed.

The HC has kept the matter for further hearing on October 25.

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