The husband of Bollywood star and Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty has been arrested for allegedly producing and distributing porn in India.
Raj Kundra, 45, was arrested Monday in Mumbai by police who said they had “sufficient evidence” that he was a “key conspirator” in a pornographic production ring.
This is just the latest scandal to hit Kundra, who was banned from all cricket-related activities in 2015 following allegations of match-fixing while he owned the Rajasthan Royals alongside his wife Shilpa, with whom he has two children.
Shilpa, a full-fledged Bollywood actress, rose to fame in Britain during the 2007 Celebrity Big Brother series when she was racially abused by Jade Goody and other contestants.
The actress ultimately won the show, then reconciled with Jade during the British reality TV star’s battle with cervical cancer the following year.
The husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty (left) Raj Kundra (right) was arrested by Mumbai police on Monday for being “key conspirator” in a pornography case
Shilpa, a well-known Bollywood actress in her own right, rose to fame in the UK in 2007 when she won Celebrity Big Brother after being racially abused by Jade Goody and other contestants.
Kundra has denied any wrongdoing.
Posting or transmitting “obscene” material, including pornography, is illegal in India under a 2015 law and punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Model actress Poonam Pandey also reportedly filed a lawsuit against the businessman and his colleagues, claiming they had used its content illegally.
Kundra and her colleagues deny the allegations and say they have received no notice so far.
Police arrested nine people last week after actors were reportedly “forced” to shoot nude scenes for pornographic films, which were then broadcast or shown on apps.
In 2007, Shilpa rose to fame in the fifth series of Celebrity Big Brother and found herself embroiled in a race with the late Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and S Club 7 star Jo O’Meara.
Jade had entered the house with her mother Jackiey Budden and boyfriend Jack Tweed, Jackiey quickly becoming embroiled in arguments with several other roommates, including Shilpa – claiming she was “unable to pronounce” his name.
Jackiey was quickly kicked out, but friction between Jade and Shilpa continued, before the former made several racist comments, including claiming to be unable to pronounce Shilpa’s name.
Shilpa was taunted about his name and Indian culture on the explosive show, which sparked a nationwide debate over racist language
Kundra, a businessman, has been in trouble with the police before – in 2015 he was banned from all cricket-related activities after a team he owned was accused of match fixing
Jade was sent off shortly afterwards in a match against Shilpa, which received 83 percent of the audience’s vote.
She left home without a hearing due to the public backlash and the number of complaints Ofcom had received about her remarks – around 45,000.
Shilpa ultimately won the series.
Channel 4 initially attempted to downplay the argument as a “girl’s rivalry” and “culture shock” at first, but was forced to apologize for “editorial errors in judgment” after a decision by the Ofcom.
The episode sparked a nationwide debate over what is considered racist language, with a newspaper headline “Beauty v Bigot”.
Jade initially tried to defend herself against allegations of racism, but eventually admitted she was wrong, before agreeing to appear on the Indian reality show Bigg Boss as a way to redeem herself.
But only two days after filming began, Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer and flew home for treatment.
She and Shilpa reconciled during her public battle with cancer in which she underwent chemotherapy and even visited him days before her death.
Jade died in March 2009.
Last year, Kundra and his wife Shilpa welcomed their second child through a surrogate mother.
The couple announced their baby’s joy via Instagram, with Shilpa telling fans the newborn baby had “completed our family.”
She shared the first photo of her daughter Samisha, arriving on February 15, on social media.
Shilpa and her husband Raj got married in 2009. They are also the parents of a son Viaan Raj, who was born in May 2012, three years after the couple got married.