The court found Nalin Kotadiya, a former member of the Indian Legislative Assembly, implicated in the case of extorting bitcoins worth $ 1.3 million, guilty of evading justice, says SoinDesk.
The city court of Ahmedabad granted the request of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to recognize Cotadia as a "fugitive". According to Indian law, an ex-deputy is prohibited from traveling abroad, he can be arrested by any resident of the country, said Indian Express.
This decision was followed after repeated calls by Nalin Kotadiya to the court, which he ignored. Representatives of CID, having a warrant for his arrest, also could not find him at home.
The name of Nalin Kotadiya appears in the case of 200 bitcoins (at that time about $ 1.7 million), which policemen allegedly extorted from businessman Shailes Bhatta in February this year. According to new data, Kotadiya contributed to the abduction of Bhatta.
As noted by CoinDesk, CID already suspected Bhutt and his partner Kirita Paladia of extorting about $ 22 million in cash and bitcoins from a member of BitConnect, a financial pyramid that ceased operations in India in January this year.