Tamil Nadu Governor promulgates ordinance to ban online gaming

South India

The ordinance would ban the persons who are wagering or betting in cyber space using computers or any communication device or resource and the people


To prevent incidents of suicide and "protect innocent people from the   evils of online gaming, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has promulgated an ordinance banning online Rummy, similar games that promote online gambling 

The newly issued ordinance bans betting in cyberspace using computers or any communication device or resource.

While issuing the order on Friday, the Governor said that "due to online gaming, innocent people mainly youngsters are being cheated and some people have committed suicide."

"In order to avoid such incidents of suicide and protect the innocent people from the evils of online gaming, the Government has submitted a proposal to Governor to promulgate an Ordinance by amending the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1930), Chennai City Police Act, 1888 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1888) and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859 (Tamil Nadu Act XXIV of 1859)," the government order said.

According to the order, the people who are found gaming will be punished with a fine amount of Rs 5,000/- and six months imprisonment.

Furthermore, people who open/keep a common gaming house will be punished with a fine amount of Rs 10,000 and two years imprisonment.

The order further banned electronic transfer of funds used for wagering or betting, distributing the winnings, prize money.

Earlier, cases had been filed in the Madras High Court seeking action against both online rummy, gambling games, and violent video games.

In November first week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had assured that his government was working on taking measures to ban online rummy and other gambling games that were getting youth addicted.

Few months back, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had observed that the central and state government could pass laws that ban games that involve money such as Online Rummy, other online card games across India. 


With inputs from Agency and media reports

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