The Bombay High Court has questioned the restriction of allowing only four players on a table of rummy and has termed it as unreasonable.
A division bench of Justice RM Borde and Justice Rajesh Ketkar said, “People who play rummy, play it with more than 13 cards and sometimes they play it even with two or more set of card packs. Limiting it to only four players would be unfair.”
This question was raised by the judges while hearing a petition filed by the founder president of Competitive Tournament Rummy Players Association, Milind Limaye.
Limaye who plans to start a Card Court Cafe, a first of its kind in Pune, asserted,”The rule 9 of the state home department notification of 2003 restricts the number of people on a card table to four.”
He added that the restriction could be prevalent for games like bridget, but not for rummy.
Government pleader Abinandan Vagyani informed the court that the reason of restriction is that there are only 52 cards in a pack and each one of the players get 13 cards, thus only four players would be able to play the able.
The state home department has refused the permission for performance license, premises license and sale of ticket licenses, for Limaye’s cafe and has claimed that no such proper set of rules exist for holding such a cafe or competition. Limaye has challenged the order.
The Competitive Tournament Rummy Players Association also need a suitability certificate as it aims to hold a competition of rummy across various states of Maharashtra, but the government has denied to grant the certification. He has challenged it too.
Limaye said that the association has framed its own rules which ensures that the game of rummy is played fairly and is not reduced to a game of chance but of skill.
It involves numbering system and no exchange of coins take place.
The court has asked Milind to amend his petition and to post the matter thereafter and has also requested the state government to take instruction on the issue raised.