Law Panel does U-turn; recommends total gambling ban
The law panel's report said such regulation of gambling would require a three-pronged strategy, reforming the existing gambling (lottery, horse racing) market, regulating illegal gambling and introducing stringent and overarching regulations.
Justice Chauhan said all those who got subsidies or did not fall within the purview of the Income Tax Act or the GST Act should be barred from participating in online/offline gambling platforms, in case the government decides to regulate betting and gambling. He said the report had stressed that the government should ensure vulnerable sections of society were protected from being exploited.
“India’s gambling laws already permit exceptions for skill-centric gaming such as poker, rummy etc. Currently the companies in online skill gaming space are self regulating to create a safe environment for users. We welcome LCI's efforts to regulate online skill games to safeguard the users even more," said Mohit Agarwal, co-founder of Adda52.com.
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