Online gambling

Tamil Nadu has pledged to ban online gambling, says justice minister

The Tamil Nadu government said on Tuesday it was committed to banning online gambling and that every effort was being made to invoke existing laws for this purpose.

Chief Minister MK Stalin was fully aware of the evils of online gambling which has destroyed several families, Justice Minister S Regupathy has said. The previous AIADMK government had enacted an ordinance banning online gambling “in a hurry”, which led the Madras High Court to overturn it, he claimed.

“We went to the Supreme Court to uphold the law enacted by the AIADMK government. Hopefully the Supreme Court will deliver a good verdict on the Tamil Nadu government’s appeal against the Madras High Court order overturning the ban on online gambling,” Regupathy told the Assembly in response. to the appeal motion proposed by the leader of the AIADMK and leader of the opposition K. Palanisvami.

The minister declined to discuss the matter further as the matter was pending.

Highlighting the issue, former Chief Minister Palaniswami called on the state government to take tough action to ban online rummy as several families were ruined because their youth were gambling and losing hundreds of thousands of rupees in the online game. “Some ended up taking big loans while others committed suicide due to huge losses,” Palaniswami alleged.

He recalled that his the government had issued an ordinance in 2020 to ban online gambling, but it was stayed at Madras HC on August 3 last year.