Chennai, Feb 4 (PTI) Online games like rummy and poker
involving betting shall invite imprisonment up to two years or
fine not exceeding Rs 10,000 or both, according to an
amendment Bill introduced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on
Thursday seeking to replace an ordinance banning cyberspace
No person shall ''wager'' or ''bet'' in games like rummy or
similar games played online using ''computers'' or ''any
communication device'' or any other instrument of gaming, the
Bill said. Also, no one shall facilitate or organise such
games involving gambling in the cyberspace.
Violators shall be punished with imprisonment that may
extend to two years or with fine not exceeding Rs 10,000 or
with both, according to the Bill and it covers ''games of mere
skill'' as well if played in consideration of a "wager, bet,
money or other stake."
Where an offence has been committed by a company,
every person, in charge and responsible for the conduct of the
business -at the time of the offence- as well as the firm
shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be
liable to be proceeded against and punished.
Gaming does not include a lottery, but includes any
game involving wagering or betting in person or in cyberspace.
The Statement of Objects and Reasons for the Bill said:
"Playing games like Rummy, Poker etc., using computers or
mobile phones for money or other stakes which are addictive in
nature had developed manifold in the recent times.
As a result, innocent people got cheated and incidents
of suicide were reported. In order to prevent such incidents
of suicide and protect innocent people from the evils of
online gaming, it was decided to ban wagering or betting in
cyber space by suitably amending the relevant enactments."
Accordingly, an ordinance was promulgated on November
20, 2020 and the present Bill seeks to replace the ordinance
with certain modifications.
The Bill envisages appropriate amendments to the Tamil
Nadu Gaming Act, 1930, The Chennai City Police Act, 1888 and
the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859 to ban online
gambling and provide punishment which includes imprisonment,
fine or both. PTI VGN BN
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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