Indian Parliament Member Clarifies Legal Status of Cryptocurrency

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Indian Parliament Member Clarifies Legal Status of Cryptocurrency – In India, cryptocurrency is still a grey area. It isn’t lawful or illegal in any way. The legal status of cryptocurrencies in India has recently been explained by a parliament member, India’s finance secretary, and India’s finance minister.

The subject of whether bitcoin has become legal or legit in India has been raised several times since the finance minister said that cryptocurrency income will be taxed.

Bhagwat Karad, a member of the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper house of parliament, asserted last Saturday that cryptocurrency is not allowed in the country.

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He informed reporters that cryptocurrencies are now illegal in India since neither the government nor the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), have recognized them.

He does not, however, imply that crypto’s legal standing will remain unchanged, noting that what will happen in the future regarding its legal status cannot be predicted at this moment.

Minister Karad’s statement follows that of India’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, who made a similar declaration last week. She stated that the government will not legalize or prohibit cryptocurrency at this time, and that the decision on whether or not to prohibit cryptocurrency will be made once she hears feedback from numerous consultations.

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Indian Parliament Member Clarifies Legal Status of Cryptocurrency – While Minister Karad has stated that cryptocurrencies are not lawful in India, the Indian government has stated that they are not prohibited either.

T. V. Somanathan, the Finance Secretary, stated earlier this month that crypto assets are not yet unlawful. He did, however, emphasize that investments in them are not encouraged, adding:

‘’They’re in a hazy situation. They are not illegal. Buying and selling crypto assets is not prohibited in India, and it will remain so in the future.’’

Meanwhile, the finance minister has stated that cryptocurrency transaction income will be taxed. The crypto business, on the other hand, is urging the government to review the proposed 30% taxation in the budget.

According to reports, the Indian government is speaking with a wide range of stakeholders on crypto legislation. The finance minister also stated that the government keeps a close eye on the cryptocurrency market.

During the winter session of parliament, a cryptocurrency bill was set to be considered, but it was not taken up. According to sources, the government is presently reworking the bill.

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