Indian police are reportedly facing a challenge of how to liquidate cryptocurrencies they seized since the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has banned banks from providing services to crypto exchanges. The RBI ban is now in effect and a growing number of crypto exchanges have already announced they will no longer allow withdrawals from cryptocurrencies into rupees.
Court Permits Police to Liquidate Cryptocurrencies
In connection with a bitcoin scam, the Pune police’s “cybercrime cell has arrested 10 accused, including 35-year-old alleged kingpin Amit Bhardwaj and his brother Vivek Bhardwaj from Delhi,” the Pune Mirror wrote on Friday, June 6. Pune is the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, after Mumbai.
Amit Bhardwaj was arrested by the Pune police at the Delhi airport after returning from Thailand. “Two cases were registered against him in Nigdi and one in Dattawadi in Pune,” the Hindu clarified.
The Pune Mirror detailed:
During investigation, the cops seized 237.7392 bitcoins and 92.1 ethereum from the accused.
The news outlet further noted that “At conservative estimates, the cryptocurrency scam is worth Rs 35,000 crore [~5.1 billion].” The special investigation team (SIT) of the Pune police’s cybercrime cell subsequently “filed an application in the sessions court, seeking permission to sell the cryptocurrencies seized during investigation,” the publication conveyed.
In the document submitted to the court, the police asserted that to “protect the interest of investors…it has become imperative that the cryptocurrencies seized by the investigating machinery be sold or liquidated.” Citing the protection of “close to 8,000 investors, who were duped in the name of buying and investing bitcoins,”