Express press service
CHENNAI: A day after the Madras High Court struck down the state government’s amendment to the Tamil Nadu Gambling Act 1930, which banned online gambling with stakes, the justice minister of the state, S Reghupathy, announced on Wednesday that new legislation would soon be enacted. He said the new law will include adequate safeguards by listing appropriate reasons for banning online gambling with stakes.
The Minister of Justice said that Chief Minister MK Stalin had ordered that new legislation be introduced without delay to ban online gambling since the public interest is paramount.
The Minister said that the previous AIADMK government last November 21 hastily enacted legislation when the then opposition leader, MP Stalin, demanded that online gambling, including including rummy, are prohibited.
The Madras High Court, in its order on Tuesday, found that the state government failed to list sufficient reasons to ban rummy and other online games and declared the amending legislation invalid. However, the court clarified that there was no ban on introducing new legislation banning online gambling.
The law passed by the AIADMK government prohibits people from betting in cyberspace using computers or any communication device or resource. Those found gambling would be punished with a fine of Rs 5,000 and six months imprisonment. Those who open or run a common gambling den would be punished with a fine of Rs 10,000 and two years’ imprisonment.