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RBI circular barring banking service for cryptocurrencies challenged in HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Centre, the RBI and the GST Council on a plea challenging a circular which prohibits banks and financial institutions from providing any service in relation to virtual currencies such as 'crypto-currencies'.
A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla issued notice to the Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which issued the circular, and the GST Council and sought their reply by May 24.
The order came on the plea by Gujarat-based company, Kali Digital Ecosystems Pvt Ltd, which was proposing to undertake the business of operating a crypto-currency exchange system for customers within India.
The company has claimed that it has already undertaken substantial investment in this regard and planned to roll-out the exchange system, called 'Coin Recoil', in August this year.
However, due to the April 6 circular issued by the RBI, the company claimed it would not be able to avail banking services, imperative for its business, to operate it, the petition has said.
Under the circular, entities regulated by the RBI have been prohibited from "providing any service in relation to virtual currencies, including those of transfer or receipt of money in accounts relating to purchase or sale of virtual currencies", it has said.
For entities which are already providing such services, three months time has been given to them to cease such activity, the plea has said.
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