The Government of Rajasthan informed the High Court that it had drafted a bill to reduce the threat of online gambling and betting and that the case is currently pending before the competent authority.
The submission was made by state counsel before the bench of the then Acting Chief Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivastava and Justice Vinod Kumar Bharwani which dealt with a Advocacy for Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed to call for the development of appropriate legislation to combat the threat of online gambling and betting.
After taking note of the submission of the case, the Court proceeded to examine the plea, leaving the possibility for the State to examine the case.
“We only record the learned state attorney’s statement that the state has prepared a bill and the matter is under consideration“, noted the Court in ruling on the plea.
It should be noted that the government of Rajasthan has prepared a project to deal with the threat of online gambling, namely the Rajasthan Online Virtual Sports (Regulation) Bill in May 2022.
As per the bill, a virtual online sports commission will be set up to regulate online gambling activities in the state and violators will be fined up to Rs 2 lakhs for violations of license and advertising. The bill aims to regulate fantasy sports and electronic sports, but it does not include games of skill such as rummy, poker and ludo.
Case title – Resource Institute For Human Rights v. Indian Union and others [D.B. Civil Writ Petition (PIL) No. 14483/2022]
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