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Madras high court seeks Tamil Nadu govt’s response on ordinance to ban online gambling
Kaushik Kannan | Nov 18, 2020, 18:53 IST
MADURAI: The Madras high court has sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on the steps taken by it to pass an ordinance or an amendment or a legislation to ban online gambling. The court also directed the central government to come out with its stand on online gambling as several people are losing their lives due to it.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by S Muthukumar, an advocate and resident of Madurai district who sought to ban online rummy games and other online gambling games, and also to frame appropriate law and rules to prohibit online gambling.
Additional advocate general M Sricharan Rangarajan submitted that chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had issued a statement with regard to imposing a ban on online gambling in the state. He further submitted that the state government is contemplating to bring an ordinance or amendment or a legislation in this regard.
Taking cognizance of the submissions, a division bench of justices N Kirubakaran and B Pugalendhi observed that since the chief minister had made it clear that the online gambling would be banned in the state, the government should submit its response.
It may be recalled that during the previous hearing, the court observed that it is disheartening to know that 10 people who were addicted to the online rummy games and unable to pay the debts after losing their money, had committed suicide in the state. The court had also asked whether the state government was planning on regulating online gambling by bringing in a comprehensive framework on a par with other states such as Telangana, Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland.