Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court, “The online rummy ban notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade and right to equality”

Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court,
Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court, "The online rummy ban notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade and right to equality"

Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court, “The online rummy ban notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade and right to equality”. The Kerala High court today passed a judgment quashing the online rummy ban notification, issued by the Kerala government under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960. According to the judgment, Kerala High Court denoted that the notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade, and commerce guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution and the right to equality guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution.

Welcoming the Kerala High Court’s judgment, Mr. Dinker Vashisht, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Games24x7 said, “The judgment by Honorable Kerala High Court is yet another addition to the jurisprudence that has consistently held that games of skill are not akin to gambling and protected under Article 19(1)(g) of the constitution. The decision comes shortly after the Madras High Court judgment, is a shot in the arm for the sunrise sector of gaming in India”

Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court, "The online rummy ban notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade and right to equality"
Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court, “The online rummy ban notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade and right to equality”

Welcoming the court’s judgment, Mr. Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation states, “The judgment passed by the Kerala High Court is reassuring for this sunrise sector in India, particularly coming in quick succession of the recent historic positive judgment for online skill gaming by the Madras HC. We believe that this development will give a major fillip to the industry by encouraging investments leading to technological advancements as well as generation of revenue and employment.”

Online Gaming Ban: The Kerala High court, “The online rummy ban notification was arbitrary and violative of the right to trade and right to equality”

Iterating the need for promoting skill-based gaming, Justice Vikramajit Sen, Member, Skill Games Council former Judge of the Supreme Court & former Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, added, “In the last few years, the interest in the online skill gaming has been growing exponentially in the country. The Supreme Court and multiple high courts have reiterated numerous times that online games of skill are protected under Article 19(1) (g) of the Constitution. We see the Kerala High Court’s judgment as a positive move for the online gaming sector.

Online gaming today has emerged as an important avenue due to a multitude of favorable factors such as the young and tech-savvy population, affordable availability of feature-packed smartphones, better internet connectivity, increased awareness, and development. Therefore, the domestic industry has the potential to scale quickly and become a meaningful contributor.

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