SC admits Karnataka government plea on online gambling

  • Supreme Court to hear a plea on a law banning betting and betting in online games.
  • The Karnataka The government has argued that cybercrime has become a major problem over the past three years while stressing the need for a law against online gambling.
  • Senior lawyers Mukul RohatguiAM Singhvi, and Shyam Divanrepresented associations of gaming companies.

On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a plea from the Karnataka government, challenging the judgment of the Karnataka High Court, which struck down provisions of the law prohibiting betting and betting in online games.

Senior attorneys Mukul Rohatgi, AM Singhvi and Shyam Divan, representing the associations of gaming companies, submitted before a panel of judges S. Abdul Nazeer and V. Ramasubramanian that the issue was whether it was a game of skill, chance or gambling.

The Karnataka government has maintained that cybercrime has become a major problem and cited the filing of 28,000 cases in the past three years, while stressing the need for an online gambling law to maintain law and order. . He further argued that people have died by suicide and online gambling has ruined many families, so there was a need to deal with its ill effects.

The state government’s plea said: “The Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021 has criminalized betting, betting or risking money on the unknown outcome of an event.”

On February 14 this year, the High Court overturned the government’s ban and statutory provision which criminalized games of skill, including online gambling and betting.

The higher court issued an opinion to the online gaming industry body All India Gaming Federation and skill-based gaming companies. He ordered to mark this case with a similar case, where the government of Tamil Nadu challenged the judgment of the Madras High Court.

The Karnataka High Court had ruled that the law was unconstitutional and there could be no ban on online games of skill. The state government argued in the Supreme Court that the high court had made a serious error in disregarding evidence it had produced in the cases filed by the police authorities.

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