Union of India & State Government to treat PIL filed against online gambling: Delhi HC
19th October, 2020
On 8th October, Thursday, the Delhi High Court bench comprising of Chief Justice D.N.Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Union of India and Delhi Government (the respondents in the case), to treat a petition filed against online gambling as a representation in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policies applicable and decide on the grievances ventilated in the writ petition. The petition moved by Tarun Chandiok in nature of Public Interest Litigation (PIL), raised issues on:-
1. The validity and legitimacy of “apps” facilitating online fantasy games, skill monetization or game of skill within the definition of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 and the Delhi Public Gambling Act, 1955;
2. To restrain broadcasters, television channels, radio, internet companies, etc. from running advertisements, promotions, campaigns, endorsements, etc. of any illegally run gambling websites and “apps”, offending the provisions of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 and the Delhi Public Gambling Act, 1955.
3. To punish the offenders/violators under the provisions of the above-mentioned act.
4. To formulate a Gambling Commission to regulate and redress the grievances of online players to guard minor children and impressionable youth from such games.
The matter is now being handed by Kailash Gahlot, the Delhi Transport Minister and also handles the Information and Technology portfolio under the Delhi Government.