The Bombay High Court rejected on Saturday the petitions filed by businessman Raj Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe challenging their arrest and subsequent remand orders in a case involving the alleged production and streaming of pornographic content on apps.
A single bench presided over by Justice A S Gadkari dismissed their applications, stating that the duo’s remand to police custody by a magistrate and subsequent judicial custody was within the bounds of the law and did not necessitate intervention.
Kundra, the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, and Thorpe claimed in their petitions that their arrest was illegal because the mandatory provision of issuing notice under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was not followed.
In their petition, the duo asked the high court to order their immediate release and to vacate two orders issued by a magistrate following their arrest that remanded them in police custody.
While Kundra was arrested on July 19, Thorpe, Kundra’s firm’s IT director, was arrested on July 20. They are currently being held in judicial custody.