WazirX gets ED notice; Nischal Shetty says investors’ funds safe

 WazirX gets ED notice; Nischal Shetty says investors’ funds safe


NEW DELHI: WazirX on Friday assured clients that their funds remain safe following reports of the Enforcement Directorate issuing a show-cause notice to the crypto exchange for alleged violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA guidelines in connection with transactions involving cryptocurrencies worth Rs2,790.74 crore.

Nischal Shetty, CEO, WazirX said, “The funds are safe at WazirX and theirs is no need to worry for the funds.”

The country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, with around five million users in India, in a statement, said WazirX was yet to receive any show-cause notice from the Enforcement Directorate.

“WazirX is in compliance with all applicable laws. We go beyond our legal obligations by following Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) processes and have always provided information to law enforcement authorities whenever required. We are able to trace all users on our platform with official identity information. Should we receive a formal communication or notice from the ED, we’ll fully cooperate in the investigation,” Shetty’s statement read.

WazirX, registered under a company called Zanmai Labs Pvt Ltd, was incorporated in December 2017 as a domestic cryptocurrency startup. It acts as a platform for trading in digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tron, Ripple and Litecoin.

The ED has issued a statement saying that it stumbled upon the transactions of the company during an ongoing money laundering probe into the “Chinese-owned” illegal online betting applications.

“It was seen that the accused Chinese nationals had laundered proceeds of crime worth about Rs57 crore by converting Indian Rupee (INR) deposits into cryptocurrency tether (USDT) and then transferred it to Binance (exchange registered in Cayman Islands) Wallets based on instructions received from abroad,” it said.

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