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Bombay High Court rejects anticipatory bail plea of actress Gehana Vasisth in the Porn film case

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Mumbai Sept 7 (ILNS) The Bombay High Court today rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by actress Gehana Vasisth in relation to the porn film case.

Gehana Vasisth moved the Bombay High Court seeking anticipatory bail as she was apprehending arrest in the FIR registered under Sections 354C (outraging modesty of woman), 292 and 293 (sale of obscene material) of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 66E, 67, 67A (transmission of sexually explicit material) of the Information Technology Act; and provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

Justice Sandeep K Shinde after hearing the arguments from both sides rejected the anticipatory Bail petition of Vasisth. The court had reserved its orders on September 1.

The case was filed after the police received a complaint stating that Vasisth, who was allegedly the director of porn films, threatened, coerced and lured women with money to act in “obscene film videos”.

The complainant had claimed that she was coerced to act in obscene videos for Vasisth’s films, which were uploaded on mobile application Hotshots, owned by Raj Kundra’s company.

Businessman Raj Kundra is also an accused in an another FIR in a similar porn film case.

Advocate Abhishek Yende, appearing for Vasisth, told the High Court that the complainant had previously acted in several web series. He submitted that whatever could have been recovered from Vasisth had already been taken by the Investigating agency from her when she was in custody.

He added that a fresh FIR was registered against her while she was in custody.

The Court asked the Mumbai Police to explain why Vasisth’s custody was required in the present case. Subsequently the Court also sought to know why Section 370 (offence of trafficking) of the Indian Penal Code was not invoked.

Public Prosecutor Prajakta Shinde submitted that they did not require Vasisth’s custody as they only required certain contracts signed with companies and various artistes. However, the very next day, the public prosecutor informed the Court that they had filed an application in the lower court seeking to add an additional offence of trafficking (Section 370) under the Indian Penal Code in the third FIR.

Yende subsequently contended that Section 370 ought not have been added as the complainant in the present FIR had purportedly given her no-objection to act in the web-series which was recorded after she had signed agreements with Vasisth. She had also promoted the series in the media, the lawyer told the court./ ILNS/SNG

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