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ED summoned me as witness in bitcoin probe: Raj Kundra

Mumbai, June 6: Mumbai businessman Raj Kundra on Wednesday claimed that he had gone to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as a witness for the ongoing investigations in the Rs 2,000 crore bitcoin scam. Kundra — the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty — had appeared before the ED office in Mumbai on Tuesday. “I was summoned by the ED merely as a witness. An enquiry is underway by the concerned regulatory authorities and I stand committed to extend all my cooperation to the law enforcement agency,” Kundra said, clearing the air on the issue in a statement. In the past, he had appeared before different authorities on his investments in the Rajasthan Royals IPL team.

In his statement here vis-A-vis the media speculation of his grilling, Kundra said: “I am terribly disappointed by the irresponsible reporting carried out by some sections of the media. Clarity on the issue should have been sought before carrying such headlines.” “The authorities, summoned me merely as a witness, as the accused Amit Bharadwaj happens to be an acquaintance and some introductions were made hence there is a certain protocol being followed by the agencies,” said Kundra. He added that Bharadwaj was intending to buy a team in his Poker League and had entered into a contract with them for the same. “However, he was expelled on account of non-payment of fees and I was called as a witness in this connection. While we continuously strive to keep taking steps to improve our reputation, these type of unconfirmed, baseless, reports severely dent our market perception and erode investor sentiments,” he said. (IANS)

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