Shilpa Shetty files defamation suit against 29 media personnel and media houses in the Raj Kundra pornography case

In a recent update on the Raj Kundra pornography case, Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood actress and his wife, has approached the Bombay High Court, seeking action against defamatory content published by media houses on social media and websites in relation to her husband’s pornography case.

She has accused media personnel and media houses of ‘doing false reporting & maligning her image,’ according to a tweet from ANI. According to the agency’s information, her case will be heard tomorrow (July 30).

According to a Bar and Bench report, Shilpa Shetty’s plea stated that the defendants are tarnishing her reputation and sensationalising news to increase readership and viewership.

“The Defamatory Articles and Defamatory Videos have tarnished the Applicant’s reputation in the eyes of the general public, including her fans, followers, brand endorsement companies, business associates, and peers,” the plea read.

According to a report in the Times of India, she has requested an apology from the listed media outlets as well as the removal of defamatory content. She also asked for Rs 25 crore in compensation.

Shilpa Shetty’s plea was published in Bar and Bench, in which she argued that the defendants (media houses) are conducting their own investigations into the Raj Kundra case, making a mockery of the legal system.

“A simple perusal of the Defamatory Articles and Defamatory Videos amply clarifies that the Defendants are publishing/ uploading parallel private “investigations” and effectively acting as “courts” to condemn the Applicant and her husband as guilty based on what they claim is “evidence” found by them from their alleged sources, thereby attempting to make a mockery of the judicial system,” according to the plea.

For the uninitiated, Raj Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by Mumbai police on Monday evening (July 19) for allegedly being a “key conspirator” in a case involving the production and distribution of pornographic films via mobile apps. Pornography is not permitted in India. The HotShots app, which has since been removed from the Google and Apple app stores, is at the centre of the controversy.

The Mumbai Police have named Kundra as a key conspirator and have charged him under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays), as well as relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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