The Madras High Court has upheld the state’s online gaming act which plans to ban online money games such as rummy and poker. The high court said that the law imposing the ban was ‘unconstitutional’.
The bill passed by the Tamil Nadu government included penalties like:
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A Bench of Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala and Justice PD Audikesavalu said that while the State government was free to make rules to restrict the time one spent playing online games or to set age limits for both games of chance and of skill, it could ban only games of chance and not games of skill.
The Court further said that the Act cannot be invoked to ban games of skill like Rummy and Poker.
The Court’s verdict came on a batch of petitions filed by the All India Gaming Federation and several online gaming companies challenging the constitutional validity of the Act.
Most importantly, this historic outcome can potentially spark a positive effect and sentiment in the gaming industry of India and the blueprint can be applied in various states of India if situations like this emerge.
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