The CBI brought Karki in for questioning after they found a cryptocurrency ad with her picture on Facebook. The CBI released her on bail Sunday. However, the police said that the investigation is not yet completed and seized her mobile phone for investigation, according to local media.
CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dhiraj Pratap Singh explained, “The bureau began an investigation after seeing cryptocurrency promotional content with her picture,” adding:
The investigation is still underway. We are trying to find out if the actress is involved in the crypto trading promotion or only her picture was used.
“We will also probe if she has invested in the crypto market. For now, we have sent her home with family members,” he continued.
Karki told the media that she went to the CBI after discovering that some cryptocurrency apps feature her in them. She said:
I went to police seeking their support after finding out my pictures being used in promotional content.
Cryptocurrency scams using images and names of celebrities in promotional content without their authorization are on the rise. Last week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit against Facebook owner Meta for “publishing scam advertisements featuring prominent Australian public figures.”
Furthermore, cryptocurrency trading is banned in Nepal, and the government has begun cracking down on crypto trading activities. Last week, the Nepalese government reportedly instructed the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) to shut down all websites and apps related to cryptocurrency trading in the country.