The Delhi High Court on Monday asked for a response from the central government and the Delhi Police on a plea seeking directions to ban gambling and gaming websites. The seat of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan gave notice to both the ministry of finance and the ministry of electronics and information technology. The appeal was proposed by chartered accountant Avinash Mehrotra, who contends that, while betting is illicit under center and many state laws, it still proceeds freely on the web.
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed through advocate Awantika Manohar, who is also represented by advocates Siddharth Iyer and Prashant Kumar. The plea states that “online gambling is a far worse evil than regular gambling” as easy access makes it possible for anyone to gamble their life savings away.
Plea Also States That,
“Additionally, it is submitted that the online gambling system in India today, in its unregulated state, is potentially a great place for carrying out hawala operations, laundering money, etc. In fact, it is submitted that Foreign Exchange laws, as well as Income Tax laws, are also likely being violated today by the online gambling websites.”
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This petition was filed in order to bypass an order issued by the Centre which stated that they do not have the competence to block gambling and betting websites in India. The next hearing for this matter is scheduled on 29th January 2021.