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Tamil Nadu bans online gaming; Rs 5,000 fine, six months jail for violators

The ordinance provides for banning the electronic transfer of funds used for wagering and betting, distributing the winnings, prize money. It also provides for punishing the persons who are running the company which conducts online gaming by wagering and betting

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: November 21, 2020 11:22:42 am
The people who host common gaming houses will be punished with a fine amount of 10,000 rupees and two years imprisonment.

The Tamil Nadu government Friday banned online gaming in the state. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit promulgated an Ordinance late Friday following a decision taken by the state government.

As per the ordinance, those found gaming will be punished with a Rs 5,000 fine and six months imprisonment. Those who host common gaming houses will be punished with a fine amount of Rs 10,000 and two years imprisonment. The ordinance also bans electronic transfer of funds used for wagering and betting, distributing the winnings, prize money etc. It also states that persons who are running the company which conducts online gaming by wagering and betting will be punished.

The Ordinance promulgating the ban on online gaming

“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 innocent people from the evils of online gaming, the Government has submitted proposal to the Hon’ble Governor to promulgate an ordianance by amending the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1930), Chennai City Police Act, 1888 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1888) and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859 (Tamil Nadu Act XXIV of 1859),” the Raj Bhavan release read.

This comes weeks after the state government informed the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court that it was actively considering banning online games.

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