Two separate chargesheets have been filed towards Amit Bhardwaj, who was arrested in Bangkok on March 31, and eight others within the country’s largest-ever $300 Mn Bitcoin rip-off. Amit Bhardwaj, an Indian investor and the founder/CEO of GB Miners, is a self-proclaimed “cryptocurrency guru and visionary.”
The Darwin Labs founders have been named in a single chargesheet (Dattawadi) solely, whereas the remaining seven have been made accused in each the chargesheets.
A senior member of Pune Police, crime department workforce who’s investigating the matter instructed Inc42, “Sure, the chargesheets have been filed. Whereas one chargesheet associated to the Dattawadi police station was filed on June 11, one other ‘4000 page-long’ chargesheet is being filed at present towards 9 individuals, together with Amit Bhardwaj, at Shivaji Nagar District Court docket, Pune.”
The ‘Dattawadi’ chargesheet has been filed with IPC 406, 420, 34, 409, 120B, 109 and MPID Act three and four, and IT Act, Part 66B.
Other than Amit Bhardwaj, the eight others towards whom the chargesheets have been filed within the bitcoin rip-off are Hemant Vishwas, Hemant Babasaheb Chavan, Ajay Tanaji Saheb, Pankaj Srinandkishore, Chandrakant Bhope, and Nikunj Jain and Sahil Baghla of Darwin Labs.
The individual mentioned, “Thus far, we’ve got registered the statements of 167 individuals on this case. Primarily based on these statements, the variety of Bitcoins concerned within the fraud has gone as much as 1,755. Nonetheless, it’s based mostly on the present statements and complaints, which can solely go up additional sooner or later.”
47 individuals have registered their statements within the Dattawadi case, whereas the remaining 120, in Nigdi case. The police have thus far recovered 206 Bitcoins, 79.999 EThereum and $56.3K in money. The cybercrime department has additionally recognized quite a few firms and properties in Hong Kong, Dubai and different areas. This additionally contains Amit Bhardwaj’s flat at Burj Khalifa, Dubai, which he reportedly purchased in INR 5 Cr.
“Ayush Varshney, one other accused, is but to be arrested and is now essentially the most wished on this case,” he added.
Accused of a sequence of Bitcoin scams value $300 Mn, Amit Bhardwaj was arrested in Thailand and was introduced again to Pune, India on March 31.
In line with a report, he’s additionally accused of being a Pakistani ISI handler.
Final yr, quite a few buyers had filed non-bailable FIRs towards Amit Bhardwaj. Nonetheless, Bhardwaj, who was hiding in Dubai, didn’t reply to the police investigations at the moment.
On the Dattawadi police station, a criticism was registered towards Amit Bhardwaj underneath sections 406, 420, and 34, together with the Data Act four and 5 and the MPID Act 3. One other police criticism was registered on the Nigdi police station.
Had been Raj Kundra And Different Celebrities Concerned In $300 Mn Bitcoin Rip-off?
The Pune Police mentioned that it didn’t go any data to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the Amit Bhardwaj case and that the ED had acted at its personal behest, based mostly on the celebrities’ presence within the Amit Bhardwaj’s seminars on Bitcoin. Bhardwaj hosted seminars at five-star inns and invited celebrities to lure buyers. The seminars defined the idea of Bitcoin and in addition how an investor may earn cash by investing in GainBitcoin.
Thus far, there is no such thing as a intelligence whether or not every other celebrities, whose names got here up in interrogations within the case, have been concerned within the Bitcoin transactions. Final week, ED had summoned Raj Kundra, businessman and husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, and had questioned him in connection with the above-mentioned rip-off.
Kundra’s eight-hour-long interrogation had thrown up the names of 9 different celebrities who had earlier attended Amit Bhardwaj’s seminars. The high-profile celebrities whose names got here up throughout the questioning within the Bitcoin rip-off are Sunny Leone, Prachi Desai, Aarti Chhabria, Sonal Chauhan, Karishma Tanna, Zareen Khan, Neha Dhupia, Huma Qureshi, and Nargis Fakhri.