The Bombay Excessive Court docket on Monday rejected the bail utility of two individuals, booked and arrested by Thane police in reference to a cryptocurrency scheme fraud. Almost 15,800 buyers invested over Rs 113 crore within the scheme, floated by absconding Amit Lakhanpal, managing director of Flintstone Group of Corporations. Lakhanpal began the cryptocurrency enterprise, Cash Commerce Coin (MTC), together with some candidates, who have been his aides.
The funds have been diverted to firms in international locations like England, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland and Dubai.
A single-judge bench of Justice Sandeep Ok Shinde on February 8 handed the ruling on the bail pleas by Taha Kazi (26), who gave technical backing to Lakhanpal’s enterprise and Sachin Shelar (43), an aide of Lakhanpal. The duo have been booked by the Thane police in June 2018 for dishonest the buyers. Kazi and Shelar have been represented by advocates Akhilesh Dubey and Nitin Pradhan, respectively.
The accused have been additionally booked underneath the provisions of the Chit Funds Act, 1982, Data Expertise Act, 2000, and the Maharashtra Safety of Curiosity of Depositors (in Monetary Institutions) Act, 1999.
Advocate Pradhan for applicant Shelar contended that his consumer had been working underneath Lakhanpal’s authority as his worker. He was neither concerned within the decision-making course of nor had management over the businesses’ day-to-day affairs.
Further Public Prosecutor Veera Shinde for the state authorities opposed the bail pleas and submitted an affidavit of Nitin Thakare, senior inspector of Crime Department, Thane, and identified the position attributed to the candidates and their complicity within the crime.
Rejecting the bail pleas, the court docket mentioned, “Having regard to the position of candidates’ surfaced within the investigation, if they’re launched, additional investigation will certainly be influenced. Equally, whereabouts of the important thing accused just isn’t traced. Thus, although investigation (partly) is over, probabilities of tampering prosecution proof by the hands of candidates can’t be dominated out.”