Porn video case: Poonam Pandey gets relief as SC grants her protection from arrest

On Tuesday (January 18), the Supreme Court provided the Bollywood actress Poonam Pandey protection from arrest in the pornography racket case, in which the husband of actress Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, is one of the key defendants.

On an appeal filed by Pandey challenging a Bombay High Court judgment dismissing her anticipatory bail request, a panel of Justices Vineet Saran and B.V. Nagarathna issued a notice to the Maharashtra government. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated, “Issue notice… In the meanwhile, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner.”

Pandey was denied relief by the Bombay High Court in November of last year. She appealed the high court’s decision to the Supreme Court. In the FIR, Pandey is named as a defendant alongside actress Sherlyn Chopra.

Kundra’s anticipatory bail motion in connection with an FIR lodged against him by the Mumbai Police in the racket case was denied by the Bombay High Court in November. After the high court denied remedy, Kundra appealed to the Supreme Court. In one of the instances relating to the pornographic video racket, the Supreme Court awarded Kundra four weeks of protection from arrest on December 15. Kundra first applied for anticipatory bail but was denied. Following that, he filed a complaint with the Bombay High Court, alleging that he was framed.

Kundra maintained that he had no involvement in the making, publishing, or distribution of allegedly unlawful movies. In July of last year, he was detained in connection with another case in which he was suspected of distributing pornographic videos using an app. Kundra was granted bail in September.

For allegedly disseminating sexually explicit movies, the Mumbai Police’s cyber unit filed a complaint against Kundra under the Indian Penal Code, the Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act, and the Information Technology Act.