Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has set aside the proceedings against a batch of over 100 persons, against whom the respective police in the districts have registered cases for playing cards in clubs on stakes. Accepting the arguments of Abudukumar Rajarathinam, Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan observed that playing cards with stakes is not an offence under the TN Gaming Act. Playing cards in any `gaming house’ alone is an offence under the Act. The Clubs in which the accused had played cards are not gaming under the purview of common gaming house, the judge said.



THE Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has set aside the proceedings against a batch of over 100 persons, against whom the respective police in the districts have registered cases for playing cards in clubs on stakes.
Accepting the arguments of Abudukumar Rajarathinam, Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan observed that playing cards with stakes is not an offence under the TN Gaming Act. Playing cards in any `gaming house’ alone is an offence under the Act. The Clubs in which the accused had played cards are not gaming under the purview of common gaming house, the judge said.
The judge was allowing a batch of criminal original petitions from the accused, recently.
In the case on hand, except the recovery of playing cards and money from the persons playing cards, no other incriminating materials were seized from the place of occurrence to show that the accused persons have any direct or indirect connection with a common gaming house. which was run by the accused for profit or gain, the judge pointed out and quashed the proceedings pending before the police stations in 
Arupukottai, Theni, Subramaniapuram and the District Munsif-cum-Judicial Magistrate Court in Vedasandur.


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