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Indian Government informs Parliament on the Cryptocurrency Bill and Crypto Exchange Investigations

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The government of India has given a few reports on its Cryptocurrency bill and investigations of Crypto exchanges in Lok Sabha, the lower place of India’s parliament. The minister of state in the Ministry of Finance said that Cryptocurrencies are borderless and require international collaboration to avoid regulatory exchange.


Indian Government Answers Inquiries Regarding Crypto Bill and Regulation

The Indian government addressed two arrangements of inquiries regarding Cryptocurrency and its regulation Monday by different members of Lok Sabha, the lower place of India’s parliament.

Parliament member Bhartruhari Mahtab requested the pastor from finance to express “the ongoing status of the cryptocurrency charge, which was expected for being postponed throughout the colder time of year meeting, 2021, of the Parliament” and “the time span inside which the cryptocurrency bill would be postponed and thusly be open for public sources of info.”

Pankaj Chaudhary, minister of state in the Ministry of Finance, answered without giving a particular time span:

“Crypto assets are by definition borderless and require international collaboration to forestall regulatory exchange. Therefore, any legislation regarding the matter can be viable just with critical international collaboration on assessment of the risks and advantages and advancement of common scientific classification and guidelines.”


Mahtab further asked the finance minister to state which ministry as well or department would regulate Cryptocurrencies and Crypto tokens, and which would control different sorts of “virtual digital assets,” like non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized applications (dApps),  real estate tokens, and other blockchain-based assets.

Chaudhary basically answered:

“Currently, the Ministry of Finance is coordinating on a policy relating to crypto assets and the related ecosystem.”

Members of the Parliament ask for details of the investigations into the exchanges

Chaudhary said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is looking at “many cases related to Crypto frauds in which a few crypto exchanges have been found to be involved in money laundering.” The minister made sense of that as of Dec.14:

“Continues of wrongdoing amounting to Rs. 907.48 crores have been appended/seized, three people have been captured and four Prosecution Complaints have been filed before the Special Court, PMLA, in these cases.”


Plus, under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, assets amounting to Rs.289.68 crores ($35,046,152) have been seized. Moreover, one Show Cause Notice has also been given to Zanmai Labs, which operates Crypto exchange Wazirx, and its director under FEMA for transactions including Crypto assets worth Rs. 2,790.74 crores.

The minister added that 12 Cryptocurrency exchanges have been investigated for dodging Goods and Services Tax (GST). Up to this point, 110.97 crore rupees, including interest and penalties, have been recovered. In addition, eight cases are under further investigation and four cases have been shut. He provided Lok Sabha the table underneath:

Table given by the Ministry of Finance in addressing crypto inquiries from Lok Sabha parliament members

Chaudhary also explained:

“Right now, crypto assets are unregulated in India. The government doesn’t enroll crypto exchanges.”

India’s finance serve, Nirmala Sitharaman, said in October that the government intends to discuss Crypto regulation with the G20 countries to lay out “a technology-driven regulatory framework” for crypto. Ajay Seth, India’s economic affairs secretary, said last week that the G20 countries aim to fabricate a strategy consensus on Crypto assets for better worldwide regulation. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Sitharaman discused crypto regulation during the ninth India-U.S. Economic and Financial Partnership meeting.

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