As per latest media reports, Chances Casino situated at Dona Paula near Panjim was raided by the Goa Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for running live gaming operations in contravention of the Goa, Daman & Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 and license conditions.
Senior Advocate and Nominated Member of Rajya Sabha KTS Tulsi raked up the issue of gambling legalisation in the Upper House of the Parliament on 1st December. Flagging a special mention to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Tulsi stated that legalising betting would generate large amounts of revenue, create more employment opportunities and reduce fixing in sports. Tulsi also noted that legalising gambling has raised employment for one lakh people in United Kingdom and traced the history of betting and cheating in sport, stating that betting is an activity like drinking which is a human weakness and cannot be wished away. He added that revenue from gambling legalisation can be utilised for augmenting tourism and sports infrastructure.
Exclusive The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh adjourned the Mahalakshmi Cultural Association “rummy for stakes” matter involving rummy clubs and online rummy companies to January 2015 without giving an exact date for the next hearing as the judges were busy with several other important hearings. Sources familiar with the matter indicated that the exact date for the next hearing will only become known when the causelist is released in January.
Exclusive One month after the news of Sikkim awarding a ‘go live’ license to Future Gaming Group was first reported on GLaws.in, it is understood that several provisional license holders are unhappy with the final conditions imposed by the Sikkim government in the revised Provisional License (PL) and go live’ license. The main contentious issues in the final set of licenses are the requirement of providing online gaming services only through an ‘intranet’ connection, providing facilities of access to those desiring to avail online gaming services, restricting access to those geographically located in Sikkim and taxes/license fees.
Reports in the media indicate that the Andhra Pradesh government led by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has received a proposal to develop casinos in the port city of Visakhapatnam (Vizag) on the lines of offshore casinos in Goa. The Andhra government reportedly wants to develop Vizag as a global tourism destination and attract visitors from India and abroad.
Exclusive The Supreme Court today adjourned the high-profile Mahalakshmi Cultural Association matter (Special Leave Petitions of online rummy companies are also tagged along with the matter) listed for hearing today to 26th November without hearing any oral arguments.Earlier, a Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh had impleaded the Union of India as a party to the matter to get a clear picture about constitutional and statutory implications such as the Public Gambling Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Exclusive After five years of ambivalence, the Sikkim government has finally issued the first regular license for starting online gaming operations to a subsidiary of M/s. Future Gaming Solutions Private Limited headed by lottery king Santiago Martin. Kapil Khanna, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Future Gaming confirmed to GLaws.in over phone that Future Gaming has recently been issued a regular gaming license by the Sikkim government. Khanna further added that Future Gaming has been the first Provisional License (PL) holder to be awarded a regular license. Khanna also said that Future Gaming would launch its operations in the state of Sikkim very soon, possibly in the next few days.
The Singapore Parliament passed a new legislation to regulate online gambling yesterday. Titled the Remote Gambling Act, 2014 the new law aims at prohibiting most forms of online gaming while leaving open a provision for licensing online gambling and wagering under strict terms and conditions.
Exclusive The Mahalakshmi Cultural Association case (along with Special Leave Petitions of online rummy companies and some other related matters) before the Supreme Court involving the question of whether rummy can be played for stakes was listed for hearing today. The Centre was impeaded as a party to the matter by the Supreme Court on 17th September and asked to come up with its response before as the matter involved constitutional questions and issues relating to the Public Gambling Act, 1867 and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
The Law Commission of India, an expert body which advises the Union Law Ministry on legal reforms has come out with a comprehensive report on repeal/modification of obsolete legislations keeping in view technological advancements at the instance of the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In its 248th report (interim) titled ‘Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal’, the Law Commission has suggested review of 261 statutes listed in Appendix-V for further study with a view to assess suitability of repeal.
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