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Notice issued by Bombay HC in plea seeking action against Ludo Game Application

The Maharashtra government was expected to respond to a petition demanding a pronouncement that “Ludo is a game of chance, not a game of skill,” according to the Bombay High Court. 

The petition was filed in favor of Keshav Mule, a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena official. As per the petition, individuals are playing with currency on the “Ludo Supreme App,” which is unlawful under Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act, 1887. As a result, Petitioner has requested that administration or anyone affiliated with the Ludo App be prosecuted.

The petitioner asserted that one could play the game by placing bets; a bank account could be tied to the application, money could be transferred with the app’s electronic wallet; it could be played online with Rs 5 as an admission fee for each player and offline with one player functioning as a host and the player who won the game would take all of the money invested in by the other gamers, with a certain quantity subtracted by the application.

A vacation bench comprising Justice SS Shinde and Justice Abhay Ahuja released a notification to the state government in this case after considering the Petitioner. The petition’s following hearing date has been set for June 22, 2021.

A complaint was filed at the Magistrate Court over this subject before appealing to the High Court. However, since Ludo is considered a “game of skill,” the Magistrate Court refused to authorize the lodging of an FIR. The Magistrate’s Order has been contested in the High Court.

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