Online Rummy Banned: The Kerala government has declared online Rummy illegal. This decision of the Government of Kerala has come into force with immediate effect. The Pinarayi Vijayan government of Kerala amended the Kerala Gaming Act 1960 and declared online rummy illegal. According to news agency ANI, a notification related to this was issued on Saturday 27 February. The Kerala government took this decision after a directive from the Kerala High Court in which the state government was asked to take steps against the online rummy business. During its hearing, the High Court issued a notice to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and actress Tamanna.
The film director had filed the petition
Film director Pauli Vadakkan had filed a PIL regarding this. In the petition, he had demanded action against the sites hosting online rummy games. The film director said in his petition that the online rummy business is ruining the youth of the state. Apart from this, a youth was also mentioned in the petition, who had a habit of playing rummy online and if he suffered heavy loss, he committed suicide. During the hearing on PIL, the Kerala High Court had also issued a notice to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and movie star Tamanna. These two advertise the Mobile Premier League (MPL) and the MPL hosts online rummy and other card games.
Apart from Kerala, online rummy is banned in these states too
It is not that Kerala has banned online rummy. Earlier, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu has also banned it. For this, both states have amended their gaming laws. The Gujarat and Delhi High Courts have also asked the state governments to take a decision on online betting business. According to a report by Financial Express Online in 2018, online gaming activities in India increased by 100 percent.