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Bitcoin case: ED questions actor Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra

Raj Kundra leaves the Enforcement Directoraite office in Ballard Estate, Mumbai on Tuesday.

Raj Kundra leaves the Enforcement Directoraite office in Ballard Estate, Mumbai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

Summoned as witness: businessman

Businessman Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was grilled for several hours by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in connection with a multi-crore rupee bitcoin racket busted in Pune earlier this year.

The racket was busted in April by the Pune police with the arrest of brothers Amit and Vivek Bhardwaj for allegedly duping 8,000 investors to the tune of ₹2000 crore by luring them to invest in bitcoins through GainBitcoin, a website founded by the accused. In the same month, the ED registered offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Mr. Kundra, after over nine hours of questioning, was allowed to leave late on Tuesday night.

Statement released

Shortly thereafter, he released a statement saying: “This is to clarify that I have no involvement in the botcoin scam. I was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate merely as a witness. An inquiry is under way and I am cooperating with the law enforcement agency as Amit Bhardwaj is an acquaintance and protocol is being followed.”

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