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Bitcoin case: ED grills Raj Kundra in connection with money laundering

It is alleged that about 8,000 investors lost about Rs 20 billion funds by transacting in this scheme

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty

The ED today questioned Raj Kundra, husband of Shetty, in connection with a money probe related to a transactions case, officials said.

The was summoned at the ED office here and was asked questions about his involvement in the trade, termed as illegal by the government, they said.

There are some instances of the case that are linked to and hence, he has been asked to record his statement, the officials said without elaborating.

The (ED), sometime back, had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Act (PMLA) against bitcoin-based investment website GainBitcoin, its founder and eight others.

It is alleged that about 8,000 investors lost about Rs 20 billion funds by transacting in this scheme.

The ED had filed its case based on an FIR of the in this case and the arrested Bhardwaj and his brother from earlier.

Bhardwaj reportedly was behind ventures like GainBitcoin, GBMiners, MCAP and GB21, and the investors were allegedly duped after transactions on these portals.

The central agency has expanded its probe into this case and is also investigating related or cryptocurrency transactions that are under the scanner of other departments.

It is alleged that Bhardwaj and his associates allegedly duped investors to the tune of Rs 20 billin in Mumbai, Pune, Nanded, Kolhapur and other places in the state.

Last year, had informed Parliament that there are no regulations governing virtual currencies in and the RBI has not given any licence to any entity/company to operate such currencies.

The government had also cautioned investors to be wary of virtual currencies such as bitcoin, saying they are like Ponzi schemes with no legal tender and protection.

First Published: Tue, June 05 2018. 18:12 IST