The Indian state of Mizoram stopped selling its lotteries in Kerala as its government threatened to take legal action against its lottery director.
India.- Kerala has forced the Mizoram government to put on hold its lottery sales in the southern Indian state as it warned to take legal action against the Mizoram Lottery director for violating the Central Lotteries Act. The state’s finance secretary issued a communication to the Keralite authorities saying that the “new scheme of Super Deluxe Monday set of the weekly lottery to be marketed in the state is hereby kept on hold with immediate effect and until further order.”
Information revealed by media outlet The New Indian Express says that the government of Kerala has hereby achieved a win in its “tirade against other-state lottery mafias.”
The Taxes Department secretary had previously warned Mizoram that its intentions to sell lotteries in Kerala, alongside its “misguiding advertisements in the media” were illegal. He argued that the Mizoram Lottery director was conducting a scheme under an illegal agreement with an already questionable distributor that had had issues with the Comptroller and auditor general of India in the past. “Hence, he renders himself liable to be punished under section 7(1) of Lotteries (Regulation) Act, 1998,” the news outlet quoted.