The state government told the Karnataka Supreme Court on Tuesday that it was proposing a law to regulate online gambling and wagering in the state.
A departmental bank of Supreme Judge Abhay Oka and Judge Sachin Shankar Magadum gave the state government six weeks to file their objection to a petition that sought to ban all forms of online gambling and wagering of any kind until this is appropriate The regulatory system is in place.
The bank noted in its order: "AGA is looking for time on the grounds that a proposal for legislation is being presented to the cabinet. It is looking for time for six weeks." It added: "The state government must record the cabinet decision when filing the statement of objections."
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who performed for The Online Rummy Federation, submitted: "We do online rummy and want to show your master that this is not illegal and should not be banned." The Federation tried to be included in the matter as an interviewee. Attorney Shridhar Prabhu, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, had no objection to the approval of the application.
Accordingly, the court allowed the motion for implementation and ordered the federation to make the physical change within six weeks and allowed it to file its objection to the petition within six weeks.
The petition filed by Sharada DR states that there is a complete regulatory vacuum in relation to online betting and gambling. There is no regulator or government structure to regulate and monitor online gambling and betting. As a result, the vulnerable populations, especially the teenagers, teenagers and even children, are vulnerable to dangerous and predatory situations in this pandemic.
It is also mentioned that the Supreme Courts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have directed their respective state lawmakers to investigate the possibilities of regulating the regime. There is central legislation in these states. In Karnataka, however, there is no central legislation or regulatory system.
The petition also notes that the state has no mechanism to monitor whether an online game or activity is a game of chance or involves skill. The example of the game rummy is given as a game of skill. It does, however, say, "What applies to offline mode play may not apply to online mode. The state has not bothered to put in place a monitoring mechanism to determine if online rummy is coming from various virtual gaming platforms is offered. Indeed. " Granted, there are many other puritanical games of chance that are fashionable on the internet that are very easily available and can be played by people of all ages including children. However, the state has not taken any action to regulate this. "
The petition also states that in the current pandemic, sections of society at risk, especially adolescents and children, have access to the internet via mobile phones and laptops. In light of this precarious situation, many states have introduced laws and regulations to prohibit online gambling and wagering.
The matter will be heard next on March 21st.
Last week, the Kerala Supreme Court ordered the government to make a decision within two weeks on a state police proposal to start online gambling under the Kerala Gaming Act.
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