Centre says will intervene only if online rummy for stakes is declared legal

27 September 2014

From Financial Express


The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that there was no need to intervene and take a stand as of now on whether online rummy should be legalised or not.

Appearing for the government, additional solicitor general LN Rao told a bench headed by justice FMI Kalifulla that the Central government would step in only if the SC reversed the Madras High Court judgment and held the online gaming as legal.
While the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka High Courts have permitted such games with stakes, the Madras High Court had in March 2012 banned rummy and card games with stakes both online and also in clubs and held them a form of gambling.
“Even then our role would be limited to regulating the sites by framing guidelines. The court can also do the same as it did in the Vishakha judgment wherein it laid down guidelines to stop sexual harassment at workplace,” Rao said, while declining to appear in the matter as he had earlier represented online portals for rummy. The court has fixed November 12 as the next date of hearing.
The response came after the SC had last week sought the Centre’s response on the regulatory mechanism in place to oversee such games. The issue has been raised by a batch of the companies that provide such services. However, various state governments are opposing such services.
Could this be the beggining of a regulatory process for games of skill in India?


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