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CoinSwitch Kuber CEO Addresses Rumors Around Office Raids

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Updated by Ryan Boltman
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In Brief

  • CoinSwitch Kuber posts a Twitter thread about the recent raid of the company's offices by the Enforcement Directorate of India.
  • In it, he declines to comment on the details, except to talk about the need for greater regulatory clarity in India.
  • Crypto companies have been on the ED's radar since its probe into WazirX commenced last year.
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CoinSwitch CEO Ashish Singhal took to Twitter on Aug. 27, 2022, to assure the public that its recent engagement with the Enforcement Directorate has nothing to do with money laundering.

Singhal says the company has openly discussed its business model and compliance measures and is “fully cooperating” with the Enforcement Directorate – Bengaluru. The company’s engagement with the watchdog was not related to money laundering, Singhal emphasized in the Twitter thread.

Singhal’s response came after officials from India’s Enforcement Directorate raided five of CoinSwitch’s premises as part of a broader probe into possible violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act by Indian exchanges.

Singhal declines to comment

An unnamed source told Reuters that agents engaged CoinSwitch for suspected foreign exchange violations, confirming an earlier report by Be[In]Crypto. While Singhal declined to comment on the nature of CoinSwitch’s engagement with law enforcement, citing confidentiality concerns, he did point out that India needs a clearer regulatory approach to cryptocurrency for companies to understand their legal obligations.

Singhal highlighted that India is not alone in its bid to categorize crypto into a specific asset class. Both the U.S. and Australia are grappling with the issue. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission is adamant that cryptocurrencies are securities and is currently investigating Coinbase for listing unregistered securities. In Australia, a recently-announced “token-mapping” exercise will help regulators examine existing licensing frameworks, organizational structures, and asset custodian obligations to regulate the crypto space better.

Singhal believes that crypto can revolutionize the internet and reiterates the company’s commitment to “do right” by users. CoinSwitch is backed by venture capital powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Global, and Coinbase Ventures.

ED on the warpath

The Enforcement Directorate had launched various probes into crypto companies since June 2021, when it summonsed WazirX executives to provide explanations for transactions with Chinese counterparties totaling over $350 million. About a month later, it summoned top crypto executives to check whether their companies violated foreign exchange rules.

After that, the ED froze the bank assets of a director of the operator of WazirX, Zanmai Lab Private, seizing over $8 million. Soon the assets of Vauld, another crypto exchange, were frozen as the ED investigated the exchange for allegedly allowing 16 predatory fintech companies to deposit funds into the wallets controlled by Yellow Tune Technologies.

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David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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