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.
Exclusive A bench of Justices FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh today asked the counsel representing the Union of India to present its views on regulation and policy framework for online rummy on 25th September, when the Mahalakshmi Cultural Association matter is next listed for hearing. On 16th September, the two-judge bench heard Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior counsel appearing for online rummy companies commenced his arguments but could not cover all his contentions. Subsequently, the matter was posted for hearing today.
India’s top three lottery operators, Pan India Network Limited, Sugal & Damani and Future Gaming (all three also hold lottery licenses from the Punjab government) have gone on strike in Punjab over the state government’s move to increase lottery tax. It is understood that the lottery operators are on a state-wide strike since 1st September. As per news reports, the Punjab government in a bid to earn additional revenue, had raised lottery tax on single digit draws from Rs. 55,000 to Rs. 80,000 per draw while for lotto and four digit lottery, the tax had been proposed to be raised from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh and from Rs 85,000 to Rs 2 lakh respectively.
Two years after Mahalakshmi Cultural Association, a Chennai based club filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court against an adverse Madras High Court ruling that prohibited playing of rummy for stakes; the Supreme Court on 12th and 13th August 2014 finally heard the submissions of the petitioners (Mahalakshmi Cultural Association,online rummy companies Head Infotech Ltd, Play Games 24×7 Pvt Ltd and other rummy clubs). According to a report in Economic Times, a division bench comprising of Justices FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh heard submissions of Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal (also former Union Law Minister) and Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi (also senior Member of Parliament and Congress leader) appearing for the petitioners and raised concerns about gambling addiction and degree of skill involved in the game of rummy.
Three months after the turmoil in the Nepalese gaming industry, the Nepal government has introduced major changes in the taxation structure in the budget for the year 2014-15. After Nepalese casinos were declared illegal following non-payment of royalties and other taxes by casinos, the Supreme Court passed an interim order in June 2014 directing the government not to shut down mini casinos in three and four star hotels.
In this interview, we present Gowree Gokhale, Partner and Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Entertainment (TMT) head of Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), a leading Indian law firm with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Munich, Singapore and Silicon Valley. Ms. Gokhale has over 17 years of legal experience and is well known in the technology, media & entertainment, gaming, telecom and pharma industries. In this feature, she presents her views on the many unresolved legal issues in the gaming industry as well as likely course of action that could be taken by the new government as far as regulation of online gaming is concerned.
In a bid to promote tourism and give a fillip to economic growth, Japan is in advanced stages of legalising casinos in the island state in a structured manner. News reports indicate that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have submitted a bill to legalise casinos in the country and would probably be passed by Diet, the Japanese Parliament in the next session of Parliament, by January 2015.
- Sikkim online gaming, betting websites to go live very soon as government issues first regular license
- Singapore passes new law to prohibit offshore online gambling; scope for granting exemptions to charity operators
- UPDATE: SC lists rummy for stakes case on 12th November, Centre unlikely to play active role in the matter
- Law Commission recommends assessment of Gambling Act to study suitability of repeal or modification
- Supreme Court asks for Central government’s views in rummy case, matter listed on 25th September
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