Maharashtra government considering casinos legalisation

It is likely that the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has already given its consent to the law.

The Home Department is examining the possibility of notifying the pending Maharashtra Casinos (Control & Tax) Act, 1976.

India.- The government of Maharashtra may be considering to legalise casinos in the Indian state. The Home Department is examining the possibility of notifying the pending Maharashtra Casinos (Control & Tax) Act, 1976 and its decision on the matter is expected to be announced by the end of May.

The Public Gambling Act of 1867 is a Central Law that prohibits running or being in charge of a public gaming house. Opponents claim that gambling leads to crime, corruption and money laundering whilst supporters of a regulated gambling system in India argue that it can be a huge source of revenue for the State.

Bombay High Court has called on the Maharashtra Government to take the decision within six months since gambling in India is a state subject and only states are entitled to formulate laws for gambling activities within their respective states.

Reports say that a meeting of all stakeholders, including revenue, tourism and law, has been called by the home department to take the final call on the long-pending issue in the coming week.