In recent times financial sector is amused by growth of virtual/ crypto currency, and by the news of large number of Indians being involved in virtual currency dealing. RBI has taken the serious note of this development and from time to time RBI has made it clear that it dealing in Crypto currency is not legal, for example Bitcoin.

Further to tighten the grip on such transaction RBI has issued notification to Prohibit financial institution from assisting or financing any transaction in crypto currency.

RBI/2017-18/154

DBR.No.BP.BC.104 /08.13.102/2017-18 April 6, 2018

All Commercial and Co-operative Banks /Payments Banks/Small Finance Banks / NBFCs / Payment System Providers

Madam / Dear Sir,

Prohibition on dealing in Virtual Currencies (VCs)

Reserve Bank has repeatedly through its public notices on December 24, 2013, February 01, 2017 and December 05, 2017, cautioned users, holders and traders of virtual currencies, including Bitcoins, regarding various risks associated in dealing with such virtual currencies.

  1. In view of the associated risks, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, entities regulated by the Reserve Bank shall not deal in VCs or provide services for facilitating any person or entity in dealing with or settling VCs. Such services include maintaining accounts, registering, trading, settling, clearing, giving loans against virtual tokens, accepting them as collateral, opening accounts of exchanges dealing with them and transfer / receipt of money in accounts relating to purchase/ sale of VCs.

  2. Regulated entities which already provide such services shall exit the relationship within three months from the date of this circular.

  3. These instructions are issued in exercise of powers conferred by section 35A read with section 36(1)(a) of Banking Regulation Act, 1949, section 35A read with section 36(1)(a) and section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, section 45JA and 45L of

the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 and Section 10(2) read with Section 18 of Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.

Yours faithfully,

(Saurav Sinha)

Chief General Manager-In-Charge

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