Junglee Games India Pvt Ltd, an online game portal in Haryana, and its chief operating officer Rahul Nandkumar Bhardwaj, have filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the ordinance enacted by the state government on 21st November. The game is also banned, including rummy and poker
On Monday, Justice R. Subbiah & C. Saravanan is listed for admission before the Third Division Bench. The petitioners have urged the court to stay the operation of the ordinance until the disposal of its case.
The company said that it is engaged in the business of developing and offering online games of skill and other free games through its website and app. It employs 300 people in Gurugram.
Questioning the legal validity of the order banning online games by the Tamil Nadu government, the company said that the Supreme Court, as well as various high courts across the country, had, in a series of judgments, consistently said that Rummy was one of the skills. Not a game of games and chance.
The company claimed that online rummy is no different from physically playing games, how the government can ban only the online version of the game. While stating the security measures adopted by the company, the company also said that players’ information is stored in a secure environment and not shared with any third party. Players logging in from the same Internet protocol address are not allocated seats at the same table, and if they try to cheat anyone, an anti-fraud algorithm is implemented.
The company charges a service fee of only 9% -15% depending on the stake on the table. It is pertinent to note that online rummy does not place any bets on the result of games or other skillful games played between customers.
The company stated that on the basis of mere apprehension that the online game is full of fraud and allegedly played with bots on the other end, is completely unfounded … Therefore, the petitioner considered that criminalization of legitimate activities , Only on the basis that it is being conducted online, is highly discriminatory and deserves to be set aside.