The AIADMK opposition in Tamil Nadu has spoken out strongly against the failure of the DMK government to defend the law against online gambling with stakes in the Madras High Court.
The court on Tuesday overturned a recent amendment to the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act passed in 1930, which imposed a ban on online games with stakes like rummy and poker.
AIADMK chief and former state justice minister C.Ve Shanmugham told IANS: “The DMK government does not appear serious in defending the law against online gambling with challenges. The new government did not hire seasoned lawyers in court to defend the law. “
He also called on the DMK government to immediately move the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court order. The AIADMK leader said: “The government should have presented the good reasons for the ban in court.
AIADMK plans to lead state-level protests against the callous attitude of the DMK government by presenting the facts regarding the law banning online gambling with stakes including rummy.
Party spokesman R. Vaithalingam told IANS: “The DMK government should have properly argued the case in court. It should have been done for the young people of our state who will fall prey to online gambling with stakes.
AIADMK leadership has already communicated with all districts to define programs against DMK’s failure to properly present the case to the Madras High Court as well as the failure to hire senior lawyers.
The party is trying to send a message that the DMK government was not serious in its fight, implying that the party was in favor of online gaming with stakes being played in the state.
Madras High Court First Bench, made up of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, declared Part II of TN’s Gaming and Police (Amendment) Act 2021, which banned betting unconstitutional on betting in cyberspace as well as games of skill whether played for a bet, bet, money or other stakes.
The bench, however, granted the state the freedom to pass other legislation without loopholes, adding that nothing in the judgment would prevent the state government from introducing appropriate legislation upholding the constitutional principles of decorum.
With the rural local body polls in Tamil Nadu’s nine new districts coming up and the urban local body polls also set to be scheduled soon, AIADMK believes this could be developed as a political issue over the DMK’s failure. to prevent the law from being struck off, rather to implicitly state that the DMK supported online gambling with stakes.
AIADMK leader C.Ve Shanmugham said: “Teens and adults were losing all of their savings and income in these online betting games. The government has had to be a little more serious when a case arises. heard by the court. “
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