Tamil Nadu Cabinet Approves Online Gambling Ban Order

Chenai: The Cabinet of Tamil Nadu on Monday approved an order banning online gambling. The ordinance prohibiting online gambling will be enacted after obtaining the consent of Governor RN Ravi, according to an official statement.

The Madras High Court had overturned the state’s ban on online games like rummy and stakes poker. After that, the Tamil Nadu government appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Tamil Nadu government had told the Supreme Court that teenagers and young people were losing their entire income and savings by indulging in online gambling. In his petition, he also said that while rummy could be considered a game of skill, by placing stakes, it had turned into a gambling game.

The Tamil Nadu government had set up a committee headed by retired Madras High Court Judge, Justice K. Chandru to study the harmful effects of online gambling. The committee had submitted its report to the Chief Minister in two weeks, recommending a ban on online gambling with stakes.

The committee also recommended that the Tamil Nadu government ban advertisements that encourage people to play such games online. In its report, the Chandru justice committee also called on the state government to urge the Union government to enact a nationwide law against online gambling with stakes under the 252 of the Constitution.

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