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ED Heat on Shilpa Shetty’s Husband Raj Kundra, Properties Worth Rs 97 Cr Seized

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Raj Kundra with wife and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.

It has been alleged that Raj Kundra, along with others, collected huge amounts of funds in the form of bitcoins (worth Rs 6,600 crore in 2017) with false promises of 10 per cent per month return

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday seized businessman Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97. 79 crore. The attached properties include a residential flat in Mumbai’s Juhu, in the name of his wife and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.

Another property is a residential bungalow in Pune and Equity shares in the name of Raj Kundra, the ED said.

The agency said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

The ED initiated investigation on the basis of multiple FIRs registered by Maharashtra Police and Delhi Police. It has been alleged that Kundra along with others collected huge amounts of funds in the form of bitcoins (worth Rs 6,600 crore in 2017) from the “gullible public with the false promises of 10 per cent per month return in the form of bitcoins”.

“The collected bitcoins were supposed to be utilized for bitcoin mining and investors were supposed to get huge returns in Crypto assets. But the promoters cheated the investors and have been concealing the ill-gotten bitcoins in obscure online wallets,” the probe agency said.

ED investigation revealed that Raj Kundra received 285 bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up bitcoin mining farm in Ukraine.

“The said bitcoins were sourced out of proceeds of crime collected by Amit Bhardwaj from gullible investors. Since the deal didn’t materialize, Kundra is still in possession and enjoyment of 285 bitcoins which are presently valued at more than Rs 150 crore, the Enforcement Directorate statement read.

Previously, multiple search operations were conducted in connection with this case, leading to the arrest of three people — Simpy Bhardwaj on December 17, 2023, Nitin Gaur on December 29, 2023, and Nikhil Mahajan on January 16, 2023.

All three individuals are currently in judicial custody. The main accused Ajay Bhardwaj and Mahendra Bhardwaj are still absconding.

Speaking to News18, Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s lawyer, Prashant Patil, said that no money even remotely connects to Kundra. “We will take all appropriate steps as per law. We will give a representation to the ED,” he added.

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