The Indian crypto-community has been waiting for this day since September 11.
The Supreme Court, after listening to one of the cryptocurrency matter for sometime asked the Union of India to file a counter affidavit in response to Advocate Dwaipayan Bhowmick’s petition to either regulate or ban bitcoin.
Advocate Bhowmick told Crypto-News India, “Today, the matter reached Supreme Court. After listening to the arguments the quorum comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Navin Sinha asked the Union of India to file a counter affidavit 2 weeks from now. The affidavit should comprise of information from the cryptocurrency committee which is being headed by the Union of India and what stance they will adopt towards cryptocurrencies.”
The committee in question, has been studying cryptocurrencies and deciding whether to regulate it. To clarify, this petition is separate from other petitions on cryptocurrencies that have been filed by other parties.
The RBI, in September had filed an affidavit stating that cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins could not be recognized under the current legal regime as virtual currencies are neither money nor currency, can’t even be considered as a valid payment system, as per a report by News18. They cannot be considered as a valid payment system.
To recap: In April, the RBI had instructed all banks and individuals affiliated with it, to terminate working relationship with cryptocurrency exchanges based out of India. Following which, many exchanges (including a fraudulent one) had filed a petition against the central bank. Apart from exchanges, the IAMAI had also filed a petition against the central bank on the same matter.
It should be noted that, a writ petition filed by one Satyam Tiwari against the RBI on August 3 was disposed of by the apex court. The court had noted that same issue is under consideration in WP 373/2018 (Joint Petition by 4 exchanges including, Koinex), Crypto Kanoon tweeted last month.
Writ Petition filed by Satyam Tiwari (@isatyam_) was disposed of on 3rd Aug by the Supreme Court on the ground that same issue is under consideration in WP 373/2018 (Joint Petition by 4 exchngs including @koinexindia). Satyam nw filed intervention application as per SC direction. pic.twitter.com/hHaC2D1KG6
— Crypto Kanoon (@cryptokanoon) September 10, 2018
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