D Sharada, a resident of Davangere has filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before High Court of Karnataka seeking ban on online gambling and betting.
The petition states that due to absence of clear regulations on online gambling and betting, the gullible youth and adults are falling prey to this evil.
More so, this has intensified during pandemic and has resulted in loss of lives of many people.
The petitioner also pleaded the Hon’ble High Court to direct the state government to formulate appropriate regulations on this aspect and consider banning all forms of gambling and betting till the formation of new regulations.
According to Deccan Herald, the petition stated that, “The state has no mechanism to monitor whether any online game or activity is a game of chance or involves skill. For instance, it is well-settled today that the Game of Rummy is a game of skill. However, what holds good for the game in the offline mode may not be true for the online mode. The state has not bothered to create any monitoring mechanism to ascertain whether the online Rummy offered by various virtual gaming platforms.”
The High Court has sought response from the state government.