India floats team to investigate crypto scams


To tame the tides of cryptocurrency scams and disputes, an Indian state has just set up a special team to investigate such matters.

The Indian state of Maharashtra is setting up the special team as result of the recent spike in cryptocurrency scams in the state. quoted Minister Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, a member of the 13th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, who made a statement regarding cryptocurrency cases in his state on Tuesday. The Pune Mirror quoted him replying to a Calling Attention motion tabled by the opposition leader in the Legislative Council:

A special investigative team (SIT) will be formed to investigate all cases related to cryptocurrency, including bitcoin, in Maharashtra…The SIT will take over investigations currently being done by various units of the state police.

He explained that the new unit will be headed “by an official of the rank of additional director-general of police,” adding that it has been given three months to research all of the companies “that have cheated investors in the name of cryptocurrency.”

Special Unit Formed to Investigate Crypto Cases in IndiaThe Maharashtra government has also decided to conduct an inquiry using “a panel headed by additional director general of Economic Offence (EO) Prabhat Kumar,” DNA publication detailed.

“The panel will be entitled to coordinate with central agencies including Enforcement Directorate (ED) for probe in such scams.”

Kesarkar told the news outlet:

Already such cases were reported in Thane, Pune, Nanded and Kolhapur where members of public have been allegedly cheated through cryptocurrency.

The Pune Mirror elaborated, “It is estimated that investors from the state were cheated to the tune of around Rs. 2,000 crore [~US$2,906,400] in cryptocurrency trade,” adding that “the most common method of cheating was offering high returns under the multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme.”

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