Raj Kundra, who has been alleged to be a part of the $300 Mn Amit Bhardwaj bitcoin scam, might get a clean chit in the case. According to reports, the cyber cell officials of the Pune police are yet to find any concrete evidence against him.
“The police are probing if Kundra had any business transactions with Amit Bharadwaj, owner of GainBitcoin, the crypotcurrency that was used in the alleged scam. Cases have been registered at Dattawadi and Nigdi police stations in Pune,” mentioned a TOI report.
Last week, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Raj Kundra, businessman and husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, and questioned him in connection with the above-mentioned scam. His name reportedly cropped up during Amit Bharadwaj’s interrogation.
Further, the eight-hour-long interrogation was said to have thrown up the names of many other celebrities involved in the scam including Sunny Leone, Prachi Desai, Aarti Chhabria, Sonal Chauhan, Karishma Tanna, Zareen Khan, Neha Dhupia, Huma Qureshi, and Nargis Fakhri.
It’s been two months since Amit Bhardwaj and his brother Vivek Bhardwaj were arrested from the Delhi Airport on their arrival from Bangkok on charges of allegedly cheating 8,000 people across the country and abroad to the tune of $300 Mn (INR 2,000 Cr).
The police had also arrested seven others, including Hemant Vishwas, Hemant Babasaheb Chavan, Ajay Tanaji Saheb, Pankaj Srinandkishore, and Chandrakant Bhope, in connection with the scam. A couple of weeks ago, Darwin Labs founders Sahil Baghla (former Bluegape founder) and Nikunj Jain (former Frankly.me founder and an angel investor) were arrested in connection with the Bhardwaj case.
The scam came to light when, in July last year, Zakhil Suresh, a GainBitcoin investor, started a petition on change.org. Signed by more than 1,000 people, the petition appealed for Bhardwaj’s arrest for alleged fraudulent schemes.