Gujarat High Court has adjourned the hearing of petitions dealing with the legality of poker. On 7th February 2019 Indian Poker Association Secretary KN Suresh, Hotel Ramada and Aman Chhabra were supposed to be heard by the justice bench of Gujarat High Court.
Indian Poker Association (IPA) secretary KN Suresh filed the original petition in 2017 before a single judge bench of the Gujarat High Court. Suresh had claimed in his petition that Gujarat police was interfering in the game of poker conducted at the YMCA club and asserted that police’s response over it where it called poker a game of chance.
Acting Chief Justice Anant Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav were to hear the clutch of patents filed but they have adjourned the case and it will be listed again on 14th February 2019. Another similar case was slated to be heard on 8th February 2019 by the same bench but the tentative date for its listing is supposed to be on 11 March 2019. This issue was filed by Dominance Games Private Limited. Earlier, a single judge bench of the High Court which comprised of Justice Rajesh H Shukla had ruled Poker as a game of chance and also ordered that if the game was played in Gujarat, it would be termed as a criminal offence. An appeal was filed against this ruling but it has not seen any progress for the past 1 and a half years. It is being speculated that the poker matter listed will be heard by the Gujarat High Court within the next month.
Now it remains to be seen whether the hearing on this matter would get postponed further or would it be heard soon.