The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said that it carried out a search operation on Binance‘s crypto exchange, which led to the freezing of 150.22 bitcoins, equivalent to $24,86,693.73 (Rs 22.82 crore), with regard to its ongoing probe into a financial fraud by a gaming application named E-Nuggets.
The instant case was registered on the basis of an FIR filed under various sections of the IPC by the Park Street police station in Kolkata against Aamir Khan and others.
The FIR was filed based on a complaint by Federal Bank authorities in the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate in Kolkata.
Aamir Khan launched a mobile gaming application, namely E-Nuggets, which was designed for the purpose of defrauding the public. After collecting a handsome amount from the public, all of a sudden the withdrawals from the said app were stopped on one pretext or another.
Thereafter, all data, including profile information, was wiped off the app server. It was revealed that multiple accounts (more than 300) were used to launder money.
Earlier, Rs 17.32 crore in cash was seized from Aamir Khan’s residence in Kolkata, while 85.91870554 bitcoins, equivalent to $1674255.7 (or Rs 13.56 crore), were freezed in the Binance crypto exchange.
During the investigation conducted under the PMLA so far, a total of Rs 68.42 crore has been seized.