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Indian Supreme Court Declines Cryptocurrency Petition, Emphasizing Legislative Realm

In a recent development, the Indian Supreme Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought to establish regulations and guidelines for cryptocurrency trading in the country.

The bench, led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), deemed the petitioner’s demands as more legislative in nature, leading to the rejection of the plea.

The court, after hearing the plea, observed that despite the PIL’s focus on cryptocurrency regulations, the underlying motive appeared to be securing bail for the petitioner. The petitioner in question is Manu Prashant Wig, presently held in custody by the Delhi Police in connection with a cryptocurrency case.

The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police filed a case in 2020 against Wig, accusing him of luring individuals to invest in crypto with promises of higher returns. Wig, who served as one of the directors at Blue Fox Motion Picture Limited, allegedly deceived 133 investors, leading to a case being filed by the victims with the EOW in Delhi.

Despite the rejection of the PIL by the Supreme Court, the bench allowed Wig, who is currently in jail, to pursue legal remedies and approach other relevant authorities.

During the court hearing, CJI Chandrachud advised the petitioner to seek bail from a different court, expressing reservations about addressing demands for cryptocurrency trading regulations, which, according to the court, fall within the legislative domain. The court cited its inability to issue directives under Article 32 of the Indian Constitution.

The status of crypto trading in India remains uncertain due to the absence of standardized rules, guidelines, or specific frameworks for handling cryptocurrencies. Reports suggest that India is in the process of developing a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies, drawing from joint recommendations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

The potential outcome could materialize as legal legislation within the next five to six months, according to Cointelegraph, as the evolving landscape underscores the ongoing debate surrounding cryptocurrency regulation in the country.

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