Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin has announced the legislation that banned online gambling in Tamil Nadu will soon be effective.
India.- After some back and forth, it seems Tamil Nadu will finally ban online gambling as Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin said the law was enacted by the previous government.
The Tamil Nadu bill was introduced by deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and includes punishments of up to two years in prison or a fine of up to Rs10,000 (US$ 137.15) for online gambling.
When enacting the law, authorities stated: “Due to online gaming, innocent people, mainly youngsters, are being cheated and some people have committed suicide.
“In order to avoid such incidents of suicide and protect the innocent people from the evils of online gaming.”
Last August The Madras High Court struck down the legislation that banned online gambling in Tamil Nadu following a petition brought by online operators.
However, last December the government of Tamil Nadu went to the Supreme Court in a bid to reinstate its ban on online gambling.
Last November, the Karnataka state government also took the decision to ban all forms of gambling in the state. Several companies criticised the amendment and took the case of Tamil Nadu as an example to try to overturn the law.