The petition raised against online gambling sites including poker games and Fantasy sports.
In India, the online gambling industry witnessed a growth of 22% at the end of 2018. Avinash Mehrotra one of the leading social activist in India, who filed a PIL case against all the online gambling/wagering/betting/gaming comes to an end in quick time. Public Interest Litigation had been raised in Delhi high court to guide a path towards the union ministry of Information Technology and Reserve bank of India.
The petition key complaint is about the problem of illegal and unlawful online betting is rising harm that has affected the many middle-class people lives and they’re financial security in the future. He also mentions that many online gambling sites such as poker, sports betting, online rummy, etc tempt the people to spend more money which they had earned very hard with their day to day work wages.
The petition affirms the following websites such as offshore betting websites such as 1xBet, Royal Panda, Dafabet, Betway, BetRally India, etc. and Indian poker website such as pokestellar, PokerStars, Adda52, and Khelo365.which is responsible for this gambling activities. He also states that “these websites seem to encourage the horrible habit of gambling amongst youngsters, and are doing so solely with a view of making large amounts of profits at the cost of these unsuspecting citizens of our great nation.” in his lawful petition.
In this petition, he also adds that the fantasy sports rising in another great dimension, where a huge amount of money betting against the individual player performance. This petition further clarifies card games such as blackjack, pokers, teenpatti are against the Public Gambling Acts and state laws of India.
The petition further challenges the committee about “Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Act, 2016, contending that ‘the State Legislature has permitted people to lay waste to their fortune, hard earned money, and possible inheritance, by permitting them to play games of pure chance, under the garb of calling the games of skill.”
The petition finally suggested for a direction from the Delhi High Court to ask the Union Ministry of Information Technology to ban/prevent online gaming websites under Sections 67 and 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. It further proposes various online gambling sites not follows the tax regulations acts of income tax Act which will impact the national revenue in a huge manner.
The case is supposed to hear on May 29th, 2019 in Delhi High court comprising of Delhi chief Justice Anup Bhambhani and Justice Rajendra Menon.
Verdict and Result :
On 29th May 2019, the Delhi High Court declined to pass an interim order to stop online gaming but sought the government’s response to a petition seeking an all the issues to be a ban on such ‘illegal’ activities.
The center and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were issued notices by the court to look into Mehrotra’s petition.
“No interim relief. Let it go on,” a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi reportedly said while hearing the PIL filed by Mehrotra.