The state government on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that it was proposing legislation to control online gambling and betting in the state.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magdum gave the state government six weeks to file an application seeking a ban on all forms of online gambling and betting. A regulatory regime has been established.
The bench said in its order that “the AGA need time on the base that a proposal to enact legislation be put before the cabinet. It seeks six weeks.” “The state government will take note of the decision taken by the cabinet while recording the statements of objection,” it said.
“We are running rummy online and we want to show your milord that it is not illegal and should not be banned,” said Mukul Rohatgi, a senior lawyer appearing for The Online Rummy Federation. The case sought a transplant from the Federation as a correspondent. Advocate Shridhar Prabhu on behalf of the petitioner did not object the application.
The petition filed by Sharda D R states that because there is a complete regulatory vacuum regarding online betting and gambling. There is no regulatory body or government structure to control and monitor online betting and gambling. As a result, the weaker sections of the society, especially the youth, adolescents and children are also victims of dangerous and predatory situations amidst this epidemic.
The court granted impleadment application and directed the applicant to make a physical amendment within six weeks and allowed the Federation to file a statement of its objections on the application within six weeks.
The high courts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have directed their respective judicial state legislatures to explore the possibilities of governance regulation, it was also mentioned. These states have a central law.
However, Karnataka has neither central law nor regulatory rule.
The petition also states that the state has no mechanism to monitor whether a game is an online game or an activity coincidence or whether it involves skills. It exemplifies the game Rummy which is a skill game.
“However, what’s good for games in offline flight mode might not be true for online modes. The state has not approved the creation of a monitoring mechanism to search out whether rummy online is obtainable by various virtual gaming platforms. In fact, many other Puritans. Sports coincidence is prevalent on the internet, which can be very easily accessed and played by people of all age groups, including children. However, the state has regulated this. No action has been taken. “
The petition also said that in the current epidemic situation, the weaker sections of the society, especially the youth and children, have access to the internet through mobile phones and laptops. Realizing this precarious situation, many states have enacted legislation and regulatory regulation to ban online gambling and betting.
This case next hearing is set for March 21.
Last week, the Kerala High Court directed the government to take a decision within two weeks on a state police resolution to include online gambling under the Kerala Gaming Act.
In November 2020, the Madras High Court asked the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law to stop online betting. After that, the Tamil Nadu government recently brought in an ordinance. The Gujarat High Court has also issued a similar order.
In addition, the Delhi High Court directed the Government of India and the Government of Delhi to consider the petition filed against online gambling as a submission and decided the grievances registered in the petition.