Bengaluru Live Highlights: A day after Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala demanded that an independent investigation be conducted into the alleged Bitcoin scam in Karnataka by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT), Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is already conducting a probe and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken the matter to Interpol as well.
Meanwhile, faced with questions over the “disappearance” of 31 Bitcoins, the Bengaluru police now say they had been deceived by the alleged hacker Srikrishna Ramesh into believing — and publicly announcing — that they had seized the cryptocurrency worth Rs 9 crore from his personal electronic wallet. “On enquiry, cyber experts opined that the said account claimed by the accused as his personal account, was in fact a live wallet of an exchange and the accused did not have a private key for this. Hence, the said account was left untouched and as a result, no Bitcoins were transferred to the police wallet,” says the police statement.
Karnataka on Sunday recorded 236 new Covid-19 cases and two fatalities. The active cases in the state stood at 7,997 with 264 recoveries. The most number of new infections were recorded in Bengaluru Urban with 152 new cases. The district also recorded 187 recoveries.