Illegal online gambling scheme dismantled, press release, 12-11-2018

Delhi HC Directs UOI & Delhi Government To Regard Petition Filed Against Online Gambling As A Representation

On 8th October, the Union of India & State Government, the respondents, were asked to consider a public interest litigation filed opposing online gambling, to be a representation and resolve grievances highlighted in the petition. The Bench of Chief Justice D. N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan ordered the respondents to settle the representation in conformity with the law, rules, regulations and state policies that apply to the circumstances of the case in question, feasibly and expeditiously.

In the view of public interest, Tarun Chandiok for Petitioner A submitted the following prayers:

Asking the court to pass an order or issue a writ in the nature of Mandamus against the Respondents, instructing them to prohibit access to websites and mobile application facilitating forbidden “gaming”, disguised as virtual fantasy gaming or personal monetization of skills under the provisions of the Delhi Public Gambling Act, 1955; and Public Gambling Act, 1867.

They also argued that unrestrained broadcasters, radio and television channels, internet facilities, etc. violate the Delhi Public Gambling Act, 1955 and the Public Gambling Act, 1867 and requested restrictions on promotions and campaigns that advertised and endorsed illegal gaming websites and application.

They also sought stringent penal action against the violators/offenders and requested the constitution of a Gaming Commission and new policy formulation in order to modulate the concerns of online players. They wished to guard the interests of minor children and impressionable youth.

The petitioners requested the Court to pass other orders, as the Court deems fit and expedient in the facts and circumstances of the case in question.


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