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TN Governor gives assent to bill against online gambling, AIGF plans to challenge constitutionality of law

Sports Lounge Staff



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Tamil Nadu Governor R.N Ravi has granted his assent to the Bill seeking to ban online gambling and regulate online gaming.

All India Gaming Federation have planned to challenge the constitutionality of the law.

Roland Landers, CEO of All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), a skill-gaming focused industry body, said they will challenge the constitutionality of this law, once the effective date is notified.

“What this law in effect does is treat and conflates games of skill as gambling and games of chance. The law also completely misunderstand technology and prohibits random number generators, which are an integral part of fairness for online gaming” Landers said.

Landers also mentioned that the law disregards the six decades of established legal jurisprudence and the recent judgment of the Madras HC which struck down a similar law. “The Central Government has anyway notified the online games rules, and as we have said the Central Government has the rightful mandate under the Indian Constitution to regulate online gaming.” he said.

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has on April 10 approved a bill to ban online gambling, including online rummy and poker with stakes in the state, dealing a blow to the nascent but fast-growing skill gaming sector.

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