‘Hacker’ Sriki’s brother must cooperate in ED probe for clearance to leave India: Karnataka HC
The Karnataka High Court has upheld a move by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to prevent the brother of an alleged Bengaluru-based hacker from leaving India during the investigation of a money laundering case.
The high court rejected a plea by Sudarshan Ramesh, the elder brother of hacker Srikrishna Ramesh, to quash a Look Out Circular issued by immigration authorities at the instance of the ED, on June 20.
Sudarshan Ramesh, 31, who works as an engineer in the Netherlands was prevented from leaving India in January this year – following a visit to meet his family – by immigration authorities on the basis of a lookout circular issued at the instance of the ED.
His younger brother, Srikrishna Ramesh alias Sriki, 28, is accused of hacking cryptocurrency exchanges and poker sites in India and abroad from the year 2013.
The hacker is facing multiple cases registered against him by the Karnataka police since 2019 including a spate of cases that emerged after his arrest in a case of buying drugs on the Darknet in November 2020. The ED has filed two money laundering cases linked to hacking crimes in which Srikrishna is an accused.
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