RBI which has been cautioning about virtual currency has now issued new guidelines which is nothing but a blow to virtual currency trend.
Here is the excerpt (emphasis is ours):
Technological innovations, including those underlying virtual currencies, have the potential to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of the financial system. However, Virtual Currencies (VCs), also variously referred to as crypto currencies and crypto assets, raise concerns of consumer protection, market integrity and money laundering, among others.
Reserve Bank has repeatedly cautioned users, holders and traders of virtual currencies, including Bitcoins, regarding various risks associated in dealing with such virtual currencies. In view of the associated risks, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, entities regulated by RBI shall not deal with or provide services to any individual or business entities dealing with or settling VCs.
Regulated entities which already provide such services shall exit the relationship within a specified time. A circular in this regard is being issued separately.