The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has confirmed that cryptocurrency is not banned in India.
During the latest supreme court hearing of the crypto case, the central bank’s reply to the Internet and Mobile Association of India was read out in detail. The RBI clarified that it only fenced in the entities it regulates, such as banks, from risks associated with trading cryptocurrencies.
RBI Did Not Ban Crypto
During a supreme court hearing last week, the counsel for the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), Ashim Sood, read out the answers provided by the central bank in response to the association’s representation in detail. The RBI was ordered by the supreme court to reply to each point made in the representation regarding the banking restrictions it placed on the crypto industry, including exchanges. The Economic Times reported that the RBI’s reply came as a 30-page document, which it has seen, elaborating:
The Reserve Bank of India has said it had not banned cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in India, but only ringfenced regulated entities like banks from risks associated with trading of such virtual instruments.
The RBI clearly states in its reply to the IAMAI that it has not prohibited virtual currencies in the country, the publication reiterated. In the circular issued in April 2018, the central bank only directed the entities it regulates to stop providing services to persons or entities dealing in or settling cryptocurrencies.
With the RBI’s confirmation, cryptocurrency is neither banned by the central bank nor the Indian government. In July last year, the government confirmed to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s parliament, that cryptocurrency is not prohibited in the country. bitcoin.com