Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s businessman husband Raj Kundra for over 10 hours in connection with a Bitcoin-related money laundering case. ED officials are ascertaining if the couple could be a beneficiary of the scam. The marathon questioning began around 11.30 am.
The probe pertains to the Pune police case against one Amit Bhardwaj, the founder of the company Gain Bitcoin who had allegedly duped over 8,000 people in the name of investing in the cryptocurrency. The Pune and Delhi police have arrested Bhardwaj, and ED officials said that there were allegedly Bitcoin transactions between Mr Kundra and Bharadwaj. The officials said that Bharadwaj would mine Bitcoin in China and wanted investors to invest in them. He held several events in Dubai and other locations to seek investments.
“The investors bought mined Bitcoin and invested them in Gain Bitcoin. We are seeking clarity on a transaction between Mr Kundra and Bharadwaj to ascertain its nature and to find out if Mr Kundra is a beneficiary or a victim,” said a senior ED officer.