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India to Make Holding Bitcoin Illegal

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 06:09
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Alex Dovbnya
India is set to pass a draconian bill that would criminalize possession of cryptocurrencies
India to Make Holding Bitcoin Illegal
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India is expected to pass a bill that would criminalize cryptocurrencies, according to a Reuters report that cites an unnamed government official. 

Apart from making it illegal to trade and mine cryptocurrencies, it would also prohibit their possession.

Cryptocurrency investors will be able to cash out their gains in half a year without facing any legal repercussions.    

It remains unclear whether the draconian bill will include mandatory prison sentences for those who fail to abide by the law.          

While the details of the bill remain unknown, it would represent the biggest crackdown on crypto for any major economy. Although digital assets have been banned in China since September 2017, Chinese people can still legally hold cryptocurrencies.

Unfortunately for the local cryptocurrency industry, the bill is widely expected to get the greenlight since the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a commanding majority.    

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India banning Bitcoin is so 2019

In early 2019, a government panel published a draft bill that recommends a jail sentence of up to 10 years for anyone who mines, holds, transfers, or issues cryptocurrencies. It is still legal to own crypto assets in India. 

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred financial firms from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges in April 2018. This ban was later struck down by the Supreme Court last March.

However, India renewed its plan to introduce a law to ban crypto trading last September

As reported by U.Today, India’s central bank is also working on a digital rupee.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at