- Tamil Nadu Government has banned online games and apps that allow betting. There is a fine of Rs. 5,000 and up to six months imprisonment.
- This step has been taken after suicides by people who allegedly lost money in online gaming.
- Andhra Pradesh had recently banned online gaming. Puducherry has also written to the Centre seeking a similar action.
While online betting has not been made illegal per se in India, there are many grey areas in the issue that the Supreme Court is also looking into. Meanwhile, the government of Tamil Nadu has introduced an ordinance to "ban online gaming" involving betting. According to the official press release this step has been taken after suicides by people who allegedly lost money in online games especially "youngsters". Any violation of this ordinance would attract both fine and imprisonment, ranging up to two years.
The ordinance has provisions for, "Banning the persons who are wagering or betting in cyberspace using computers or communication devices or resources.
"The people who are found gaming will be punished with a fine amount of Rs. 5,000/- and six months imprisonment." The ordinance further goes on to ban "electronic transfer of funds" used for wagering or betting, distribute the winnings, prize money".
The ordinance was passed by Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday after it received the proposal from the stemmata government. This comes weeks after the state government informed the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court that it was actively considering banning online games.
It is worth noting that neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh had also recently banned online gaming. Union Territory Puducherry has also written to the Centre seeking a similar action on such activities after the recent suicide case. Three people died of suicide in Coimbatore this month after suffering a heavy financial loss in the online rummy game.