Indian Police Seek to Sell Crypto and Bypass RBI Ban

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

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.

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,' the news outlet elaborated:

The sessions court has allowed [the police] to sell off cryptocurrencies worth Rs 11 crore [~US$1.6 million].

Further Challenge Ahead

The central bank issued a circular on April 6, banning financial institutions under its control from servicing crypto companies. Banks had three months to stop providing services to companies dealing in cryptocurrencies, including crypto exchanges. The ban is now in effect.

The police's document filed with the court reads:

The Reserve Bank of India has prohibited all the banks from providing services which include maintaining accounts, registering, settling, clearing, opening accounts of exchanges dealing with them and transfer or receipt of money in accounts relating to purchase or sale of virtual currencies.

The news outlet further detailed, 'the cops also brought to the notice of the court that Zeb IT Services Pvt Ltd [Zebpay] and other cryptocurrency exchanges in India had issued notices to their account holders that they will be unable to liquidate cryptocurrencies held by them and withdraw balance in rupees since the banks will stop providing settlement services from July 6.'

Zebpay is one of India's largest crypto exchanges in the country. The exchange announced on July 3 that it had stopped fiat deposits and withdrawals.

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