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India Probes Cryptocurrency Exchange Wazirx in Chinese Money Laundering Case

India’s Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has reportedly sent a notice to Wazirx, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in India, under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, (FEMA). The investigation was initiated “on the basis of the ongoing money-laundering investigation into Chinese owned illegal online betting applications,” the ED detailed. ED’s FEMA Investigation of Wazirx India’s Directorate of Enforcement (ED) reportedly said Friday that it has issued a Show Cause Notice (SCN) to Wazirx, CEO Nischal Shetty, and co-founder Sameer Hanuman Mhatre. Wazirx is one of the largest crypto exchanges in the country. The ED is India’s law enforcement and…

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Bitcoin Tops $11,000 Reigniting Interest in India

A resurgent bitcoin is rekindling Indian interest in cryptocurrencies with reports suggesting many dormant holders are back to trading. A report in Livemint is also attributing the piqued interest to a recent Indian supreme court decision to overturn a prohibition that barred banks from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges. The ban was imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in April 2018. Nischal Shetty, founder and CEO of Wazirx, a cryptocurrency exchange in India, says they are witnessing a renewed excitement. Shetty said bitcoin’s price, which breached the $11,000 mark on Tuesday, resulted in Wazirx “seeing a big jump in…

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