The Karnataka Supreme Court on Monday ordered the central government and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to be notified of a petition questioning the stopping of Srikrishna aka Sriki’s brother, who is charged in some alleged bitcoin and hacking fraud cases, from traveling abroad to report to his place of work.
Judge Krishna S. Dixit passed the order on the petition filed by Sudarshan R., Srikrishna’s brother.
The petition noted that on January 13, 2022, immigration authorities at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport prevented Mr Sudarshan from boarding a last-minute flight to the Netherlands without first informing him about travel restrictions abroad.
The petitioner has explained that he has been working as an engineer in the Netherlands for the past few years and came to India in August 2021 to look after his ailing father who was at home after a head injury sustained in a fall had been hospitalized city.
In November 2021, while in Bengaluru, the petition states, he was summoned by an ED official to investigate an alleged fraud involving Srikrishna’s name. The petitioner stated that he took part in the interviews conducted by the ED on 29th, 30th December 2021 and 1st January 2022 and participated in the investigation.
The petitioner clarified that he had no criminal history nor would he be linked to the alleged fraud to which his brother’s name was linked as he had been employed abroad and said he should return to the country by January Netherlands will be December 2022 to meet the country’s residency norms according to his employment contract.
While the petitioner asked the authorities for an order to allow him to travel abroad for his employment, he also asked the authorities for an order to pay him fair compensation.