Telangana government has introduced new regulation against online gambling. While the High Court continues its activity on the existing rule of online gaming, the Cabinet in the meantime has issued a ban on online betting and gambling.
From now and onwards, online betting and gambling are illegal. Under this law, Online Rummy, Poker, Matka, and other sports betting will come under the jurisdiction of criminal penalties. This newly introduced rule has modified Telangana State Gaming (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which was issued several weeks ago. Hence, a new definition of cyber space has been introduced in the Telangana state.
The report states that “any act of risking money or otherwise on the result of an unknown event including on a game of skills falls within the definition of betting and wagering”.
The Cabinet has also removed Section 15 of State’s Gaming Act of 9174 and added a new provision. The removed section exempts games of skill from the ambit of gambling. However, the added section allows the Telangana government “to issue an order within two years from the date of introduction of the Ordinance to remove the difficulties in implementation of the Gaming Act.”
The news of new amendment came several weeks after online rummy sites Rummycircle, Ace2Three, and Junglee Rummy filed their applications before the High Court (both Andhra Pradesh HC and Telangana HC). It stated that the unconstitutional ordinance violates the sites’ fundamental right to carry out trade and commerce. On the other hand, Telangana Cabinet has argued that many sections of the society were getting affected because of the easy access of online rummy. Telangana Cabinet also added that playing rummy has become a threat to public order.
In conclusion, with this new amendment, Ace2Three, Rummycircle and Junglee Rummy will have to either withdraw their petitions or amend it. They need to do this as their original challenge which clarifies rummy as a game of chance no longer exists.