The high court of Delhi asked the government to decide whether online poker is a game of skill or chance.
India.- The Delhi high court asked on Thursday about online poker and whether it is a game of skill or chance. The high court asked the government and the Centre to reach a decision on the status of online poker.
According to Times of India, a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the government to come up with a decision about the status of online gambling, including online poker. They also asked if they need to be banned or restricted.
The court also urged the government to consider money laundering, taxation and FEMA violations to come up with the decision on the legality and status of online gambling.
The Centre told the high court that blocking online gambling sites is technologically infeasible. The government said that a lot of states have enacted laws that partially or fully support such activities.
Moreover, the Delhi government told the high court that it can only take action against online gambling sites if they’re hosted in the capital or if they’re involved in land-based gambling.
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