ES attaches properties of Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty

These assets include both movable and immovable properties owned by both Raj Kundra alias Ripu Sudan Kundra and Shilpa Shetty. 

| Updated: 18 April, 2024 9:55 pm IST
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty with Husband and Businessman Raj Kundra

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), Mumbai, has seized assets worth Rs 97.79 crore belonging to Ripu Sudan Kundra alias Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

These assets include both movable and immovable properties owned by both Raj Kundra alias Ripu Sudan Kundra and Shilpa Shetty. 

Among these assets is a residential flat in Juhu, currently in the name of Shilpa Shetty. Additionally, a residential bungalow in Pune and equity shares are registered under the name of Raj Kundra.

ED initiated an investigation based on multiple FIRs registered by Maharashtra Police and Delhi Police against Variable Tech Pte Ltd, Late Amit Bhardwaj, Ajay Bhardwaj, Vivek Bhardwaj, Simpy Bhardwaj, Mahender Bhardwaj, and the number of MLM agents, wherein it has been alleged that they had collected huge amounts of funds in the form of Bitcoins (worth Rs 6600 Crore in 2017 itself) from the gullible public with the false promises of 10% 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. However, the promoters cheated the investors and have been concealing the ill-gotten Bitcoins in obscure online wallets.

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The ED investigation revealed that  Raj Kundra received 285 Bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of the Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up a 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.

Earlier, multiple Search operations were carried out in this case and 3 persons were arrested namely Simpy Bhardwaj on December 17, Nitin Gaur on December 29, and Nikhil Mahajan on January 16, 2023. All of them are presently in judicial custody. 

The main accused Ajay Bhardwaj and Mahendra Bhardwaj are still absconding.

Earlier, the ED had attached properties worth Rs 69 Crore. The Prosecution Complaint in this was filed on June 11, 2019, and the Supplementary Prosecution Complaint on February 14, 2024. The PMLA court has taken cognizance of the same.

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