Karnataka High Court Directs State to Decide on Banning Online Gambling

A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj stated that taking a stance has become mandatory for the state government.

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On Wednesday, the Karnataka High Court ordered the state government to finalize its representation regarding the state’s ban on all modes of online betting and gambling. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj stated that taking a stance has become mandatory for the state government.

The panel indicated that, in view of the representation in Annexure A, the state government would be forced to take a decision on the action; if any, that they plan to take in the subject matter.

We have adjourned the petition until June 1 to give the state government time to respond. The state government’s decision must be reported in the form of objections by May 27.

In 2020 a petition was filed to ban all online betting and gambling

On September 12, 2020, petitioner Sharada D R sought to outlaw all online betting and gaming; claiming that after sending a reminder letter dated October 24, when no response was sent, a petition was filed with the High Court.

He noted that the state of Karnataka is still in a regulatory vacuum; which leads to the gullible and hapless parts of society succumbing to online gaming and betting. The All India Gaming Federation and the Online Rummy Federation were permitted to intervene in the application.

Finally, the issue of the existence of laws would be raised when it comes to prohibiting a certain practice. The court thus told the Karnataka state government that it should do what it wants; and not worry about what the Government of India wants.

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