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Kerala To Ban Online Rummy Again?

by Mrinal Gujare Posted on 12 Jul, 2022

As per the latest news reports, Kerala state government is looking at imposing a total ban on online rummy. In September 2021, the Kerala High Court had quashed the online rummy ban notification imposed by the state government and also called it unconstitutional. Previously, the Kerala state government had issued a notification banning online rummy under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960. The Kerala High Court back then had revoked the ban when four online gaming brands had filed a plea against the state government’s notification banning online rummy. 

All India Gaming Federation’s CEO, Roland Landers had also issued a statement on Kerala High Court’s decision of quashing the ban notification. He said, “The judgement passed by the Kerala High Court is reassuring for this sunrise sector in India, particularly coming in quick succession of the recent historic positive judgement for online skill gaming by the Madras HC. We believe that this development will give a major fillip to the industry by encouraging investments leading to technological advancements as well as generation of revenue and employment.”

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Kerala state government’s move to ban online rummy again comes at a time when there have been suicides reported in the state due to people losing money in online rummy. In Tamil Nadu, the opposition has reportedly demanded a ban on online rummy.

As per news reports, the Home Department passed on the recommendation filed by State Police Chief, Anil Kanth to the Department of Law. The news report added that the state government has got the green signal to make amendments to Section 3 of the Kerala Gaming Act 1960. The media reports add that the Kerala state government could bring a rock solid amendment so that playing rummy online with stakes will be totally prohibited in the state.

Talking about Tamil Nadu, the state reportedly constituted a committee which has recommended a ban on online rummy games. The news reports add that the Tamil Nadu cabinet wanted to ban online rummy unanimously. As for Karnataka and Madras High Courts quashing the laws which ban online gaming, the decisions are under challenge before the Supreme Court of India.

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